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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:52 pm    Post subject: Comey goads Trump on Twitter Reply with quote

James Comey goads Trump on Twitter after charges in Russia probe
Jon Sharman, The Independent

James Comey has trolled Donald Trump on Twitter after the President’s former campaign manager was charged with conspiracy against the United States.

On Monday, Paul Manafort and former business partner Rick Gates ended the day under house arrest on charges that they funnelled payments through foreign companies and bank accounts as part of their private political work in Ukraine.

George Papadopoulos, also a former campaign adviser, faced further questioning and then sentencing in the first — and so far only — criminal case that links the Trump election effort to the Kremlin.

As Robert Mueller struck his first public blow in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Mr Comey used his semi-pseudonymous Twitter account to troll the President.

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary,” he wrote, quoting the American public theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

Mr Manafort and Mr Gates, who pleaded not guilty in federal court, are not charged with any wrongdoing as part of the Trump campaign, and the president immediately sought to distance himself from the allegations.

He said on Twitter that the alleged crimes occurred “years ago,” and insisted anew there was “NO COLLUSION” between his campaign and Russia.

Mr Comey’s Twitter account, named for the religious thinker who died in 1971, was uncovered earlier this year by Gizmodo journalist Ashley Feinberg.

The FBI director, who was later fired by Mr Trump, responded that he was “not even mad” about the sleuthing feat and even posted a link to the bureau’s jobs site as congratulations.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:41 am    Post subject: James Comey tweets about 'truth' and 'lies' Reply with quote

James Comey tweets about 'truth' and 'lies' after Trump lashes out at him
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    President Donald Trump called former FBI director James Comey a "political hack," a liar, and a "leaker" on Saturday morning.
    Shortly after, Comey tweeted out two quotes about truth, lies, and justice.
    Trump fired Comey in May, while Comey was spearheading the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

Former FBI director James Comey tweeted out two quotes about truth and justice after President Donald Trump attacked him Saturday morning and again cast doubt on the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said he did not order Russia's election meddling. Trump also lashed out at Comey, along with former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, calling them "political hacks." All the men have consistently emphasized that Russia mounted an elaborate campaign to undermine the election and to propel Trump to victory.

"I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said of the three former intelligence officials. "So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them."

Comey took to Twitter shortly after Trump's remarks.

"'If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pul it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it,'" Comey tweeted after the president criticized him, quoting an 1855 sermon from the Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

The tweet included a photo of the Great Falls of the Potomac, and Comey said in a follow-up tweet that he liked it because it reminded him of his favorite scripture verse, from Amos. "'But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,'" Comey quoted in his tweet.

Trump has long expressed doubt about the intelligence community's findings on Russia's election interference, particularly as it relates to the Kremlin's effort to help his campaign and hurt that of his opponent and the former Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Though he praised Comey after he revealed eleven days before the election that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, Trump later soured on the FBI director, particularly after he confirmed in March that the FBI was investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow in 2016.

Trump ultimately fired Comey in May. The the White House initially said Comey was fired because of the way he handled the bureau's investigation of Clinton's emails, Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision.

Trump also reportedly called Comey a "nut job" whose firing had taken "great pressure" off of him during an Oval Office meeting with two senior Russian officials that took place one day after Comey's dismissal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the bureau's Russia investigation shortly after Trump fired Comey. As part of his investigation, Mueller is said to be building an obstruction-of-justice case against Trump relating to his decision to fire Comey.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:11 am    Post subject: COMEY TAKES ON TRUMP ON TWİTTER Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:44 pm    Post subject: Everything's coming out in the wash... Reply with quote

Report: WH Lawyer Lied to Trump to Block Comey’s Firing

A White House lawyer reportedly lied to President Donald Trump in an attempt to prevent him from firing FBI Director James Comey by conveying to the president that he needed “cause” to fire Comey. According to The New York Times, the lawyer, Uttam Dhillon, believed that if Trump fired Comey, it would set off an investigation into the president’s attempts to interfere with the investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Sure enough, special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing, including whether Trump obstructed justice. The Times also reports that Mueller corroborated Comey’s memos in which he claimed that the president asked him to lay off of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was later indicted as part of the Mueller probe. The Times also reported that Trump instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to prevent Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from any Russia-related matters. The effort failed, and Trump has publicly complained about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself.
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