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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:52 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 3:41 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: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:44 am    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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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:52 pm    Post subject: The Tragedy of James Comey Reply with quote

The Tragedy of James Comey
""He helped elect the most dangerous, unfit American president of our
lifetimes. No matter how brave Comey has since been, no matter how
honorable his full career, he can never undo that damage."


NY Times
By David Leonhardt
Opinion Columnist
April 8, 2018

James Comey is about to be ubiquitous. His book will be published next
week, and parts may leak this week. Starting Sunday, he will begin an epic
publicity tour, including interviews with Stephen Colbert, David Remnick,
Rachel Maddow, Mike Allen, George Stephanopoulos and “The View.”

All of which will raise the question: What, ultimately, are we supposed to
make of Comey?

He may be the most significant supporting player of the Trump era, and his
reputation has whipsawed over the last two years. He’s spent time as a
villain, a savior and some bizarre combination of the two, depending on
your political views.

I think that the harshest criticisms of Comey have been unfair all along.
He has never been a partisan, for either side. Over a long career at the
Justice Department, he was driven by its best ideals: upholding the rule
of law without fear or favor. His strengths allowed him to resist
political pressure from more than one president of the United States.

Yet anybody who’s read Greek tragedy knows that strengths can turn into
weaknesses when a person becomes too confident in those strengths. And
that’s the key to understanding the very complex story of James Comey.

Long before he was a household name, Comey was a revered figure within
legal circles. His rise was fairly typical: first a federal judge’s
clerk, then a prosecutor, eventually a political appointee. But he was
more charismatic than most bureaucrats — six feet eight inches tall,
with an easy wit and refreshing informality. People loved working for him.

If you read his 2005 goodbye speech to the Justice Department, when he was
stepping down as George W. Bush’s deputy attorney general, you can
understand why. It’s funny, displaying the gifts of a storyteller. It
includes an extended tribute to the department’s rank and file, like
“secretaries, document clerks, custodians and support people who never
get thanked enough.” He insists on “the exact same amount of human
dignity and respect” for “every human being in this organization,”
and he quotes the 18th-century preacher John Wesley: “Do all the good
that you can.”

Above all, though, the speech is a celebration of the department’s
mission. Many Justice Department officials, from both parties, have long
believed that they should be more independent and less political than
other cabinet departments. Comey was known as an evangelist of this view.
To be a Justice Department employee, he said in his goodbye, is to be
“committed to getting it right, and to doing the right thing, whatever
the price.”

It wasn’t just an act, either. Comey sometimes chided young prosecutors
who had never lost a case, accusing them of caring more about their
win-loss record than justice. He told them they were members of the
Chicken Excrement Club (or something like that). Most famously, in 2004,
he stood up to Bush and Dick Cheney over a dubious surveillance program.

But as real as Comey’s independence and integrity were, they also became
part of a persona that he cultivated and relished.

The reason that people knew about his defiance of Bush and Cheney is that
Comey himself told Congress, at a stage-managed 2007 hearing. As a former
Justice official later told the journalist Garrett Graff, “Jim Comey
always has to be positioned oppositional to those in power.”

With this background, you can understand — though not excuse —
Comey’s great mistake. He was the F.B.I. director overseeing the
investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He and his
team decided that she had not done anything that warranted criminal
charges. And he knew that Republicans would blast him as a coward who was
trying to curry favor with the likely future president.

So he decided to go public with his explanation for not charging Clinton
and to criticize her harshly. He then doubled down, releasing a public
update on the investigation 11 days before the election, even as other
Justice officials urged him not to. Department policy dictates that
investigators aren’t supposed to talk publicly about why they are not
bringing charges. They especially don’t do so when they could affect an

Comey, however, decided that he knew better than everyone else. He was the
righteous Jim Comey, after all. He was going to speak truth to power. He
was also, not incidentally, going to protect his own fearless image. He
developed a series of rationales, suggesting that he really had no choice.
They remain unpersuasive. When doing the right thing meant staying quiet
and taking some lumps, Comey chose not to.

His tragic mistake matters because of the giant consequences for the
country. He helped elect the most dangerous, unfit American president of
our lifetimes. No matter how brave Comey has since been, no matter how
honorable his full career, he can never undo that damage.

As he takes over the spotlight again, I’ll be thinking about the human
lessons as well the political ones. Comey has greater strengths than most
people. But for all of us, there is a fine line between strength and
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:33 pm    Post subject: Trump's Attack On Comey Backfires Reply with quote

Trump's Attack On Comey Backfires
Published on Apr 11, 2018
Former FBI Director Jim Comey sends a warning to Trump that the American people will hear his story “very soon” as new documents appear to refute Trump’s claim that Comey was lying about their conversations. Comey’s former classmate, lawyer Colette Holt tells Ari Melber “its finally time” for Comey to defend himself against “bullies”. Former DOJ Chief Spokesperson Matt Miller also joins Ari Melber.


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Handwritten Notes Appear To Back James Comey Claims On Trump
Published on Apr 11, 2018
Rachel Maddow shares exclusive details from what are believed to be former acting assistant attorney general Dana Boente's handwritten notes taken contemporaneously with talks with James Comey, corroborating Comey's testimony about what Donald Trump said to him.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:44 pm    Post subject: PR War Reply with quote

RNC Launches Website to Discredit ‘Lyin’ Comey’
Republican hierarchy backs Trump’s ad hominem attack on former FBI chief.

Donald Trump’s allies have embarked upon an extensive campaign to discredit former FBI Director James Comey ahead of his book launch next week with a plan to brand him “Lyin’ Comey” using a website, digital advertising, and talking points to be sent to leading Republicans. Comey’s book—A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership—will hit stores next Tuesday alongside a string of high-profile media appearances. A website set up by the Republican National Committee has gone live and lists anti-Comey quotes and a series of pre-emptive rebuttals to Comey’s claims. “Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing,” Republican Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to CNN. “If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we’ll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility.”


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:04 pm    Post subject: REVIEW: James Comey's new book Reply with quote


The New York Times
James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive.
APRIL 12, 2018

Truth, Lies, and Leadership
By James Comey
290 pages. Flatiron Books. $29.99.

In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I.
director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest fire”
that is doing serious damage to the country’s norms and traditions.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional
values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven
and about personal loyalty.”

Decades before he led the F.B.I.’s investigation into whether members of
Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election,
Comey was a career prosecutor who helped dismantle the Gambino crime
family; and he doesn’t hesitate in these pages to draw a direct analogy
between the Mafia bosses he helped pack off to prison years ago and the
current occupant of the Oval Office.

A February 2017 meeting in the White House with Trump and then chief of
staff Reince Priebus left Comey recalling his days as a federal prosecutor
facing off against the Mob: “The silent circle of assent. The boss in
complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The
lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of
loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”
An earlier visit to Trump Tower in January made Comey think about the New
York Mafia social clubs he knew as a Manhattan prosecutor in the 1980s and
1990s — “The Ravenite. The Palma Boys. Café Giardino.”

The central themes that Comey returns to throughout this impassioned book
are the toxic consequences of lying; and the corrosive effects of choosing
loyalty to an individual over truth and the rule of law. Dishonesty, he
writes, was central “to the entire enterprise of organized crime on both
sides of the Atlantic,” and so, too, were bullying, peer pressure and
groupthink — repellent traits shared by Trump and company, he suggests,
and now infecting our culture.

“We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country,” Comey writes,
“with a political environment where basic facts are disputed,
fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical
behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.”

“A Higher Loyalty” is the first big memoir by a key player in the
alarming melodrama that is the Trump administration. Comey, who was
abruptly fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017, has worked in three
administrations, and his book underscores just how outside presidential
norms Trump’s behavior has been — how ignorant he is about his basic
duties as president, and how willfully he has flouted the checks and
balances that safeguard our democracy, including the essential
independence of the judiciary and law enforcement. Comey’s book fleshes
out the testimony he gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June
2017 with considerable emotional detail, and it showcases its author’s
gift for narrative — a skill he clearly honed during his days as United
States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The volume offers little in the way of hard news revelations about
investigations by the F.B.I. or the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III
(not unexpectedly, given that such investigations are ongoing and involve
classified material), and it lacks the rigorous legal analysis that made
Jack Goldsmith’s 2007 book “The Terror Presidency” so incisive about
larger dynamics within the Bush administration.

What “A Higher Loyalty” does give readers are some near-cinematic
accounts of what Comey was thinking when, as he’s previously said, Trump
demanded loyalty from him during a one-on-one dinner at the White House;
when Trump pressured him to let go of the investigation into his former
national security adviser Michael T. Flynn; and when the president asked
what Comey could do to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

There are some methodical explanations in these pages of the reasoning
behind the momentous decisions Comey made regarding Hillary Clinton’s
emails during the 2016 campaign — explanations that attest to his
nonpartisan and well-intentioned efforts to protect the independence of
the F.B.I., but that will leave at least some readers still questioning
the judgment calls he made, including the different approaches he took in
handling the bureau’s investigation into Clinton (which was made public)
and its investigation into the Trump campaign (which was handled with
traditional F.B.I. secrecy).

“A Higher Loyalty” also provides sharp sketches of key players in
three presidential administrations. Comey draws a scathing portrait of
Vice President Dick Cheney’s legal adviser David S. Addington, who
spearheaded the arguments of many hard-liners in the George W. Bush White
House; Comey describes their point of view: “The war on terrorism
justified stretching, if not breaking, the written law.” He depicts Bush
national security adviser and later Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as
uninterested in having a detailed policy discussion of interrogation
policy and the question of torture. He takes Barack Obama’s attorney
general Loretta Lynch to task for asking him to refer to the Clinton email
case as a “matter,” not an “investigation.” (Comey tartly notes
that “the F.B.I. didn’t do ‘matters.’”) And he compares
Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to Alberto R. Gonzales, who
served in the same position under Bush, writing that both were
“overwhelmed and overmatched by the job,” but “Sessions lacked the
kindness Gonzales radiated.”

Comey is what Saul Bellow called a “first-class noticer.” He notices,
for instance, “the soft white pouches under” Trump’s
“expressionless blue eyes”; coyly observes that the president’s
hands are smaller than his own “but did not seem unusually so”; and
points out that he never saw Trump laugh — a sign, Comey suspects, of
his “deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself
by appreciating the humor of others, which, on reflection, is really very
sad in a leader, and a little scary in a president.”

During his Senate testimony last June, Comey was boy-scout polite
(“Lordy, I hope there are tapes”) and somewhat elliptical in
explaining why he decided to write detailed memos after each of his
encounters with Trump (something he did not do with Presidents Obama or
Bush), talking gingerly about “the nature of the person I was
interacting with.” Here, however, Comey is blunt about what he thinks of
the president, comparing Trump’s demand for loyalty over dinner to
“Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony — with Trump, in
the role of the family boss, asking me if I have what it takes to be a
‘made man.’”

Throughout his tenure in the Bush and Obama administrations (he served as
deputy attorney general under Bush, and was selected to lead the F.B.I. by
Obama in 2013), Comey was known for his fierce, go-it-alone independence,
and Trump’s behavior catalyzed his worst fears — that the president
symbolically wanted the leaders of the law enforcement and national
security agencies to come “forward and kiss the great man’s ring.”
Comey was feeling unnerved from the moment he met Trump. In his recent
book “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff wrote that Trump “invariably
thought people found him irresistible,” and felt sure, early on, that
“he could woo and flatter the F.B.I. director into positive feeling for
him, if not outright submission” (in what the reader takes as yet
another instance of the president’s inability to process reality or step
beyond his own narcissistic delusions).

After he failed to get that submission and the Russia cloud continued to
hover, Trump fired Comey; the following day he told Russian officials
during a meeting in the Oval Office that firing the F.B.I. director —
whom he called “a real nut job” — relieved “great pressure” on
him. A week later, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as
special counsel overseeing the investigation into ties between the Trump
campaign and Russia.

During Comey’s testimony, one senator observed that the often
contradictory accounts that the president and former F.B.I. director gave
of their one-on-one interactions came down to “Who should we believe?”
As a prosecutor, Comey replied, he used to tell juries trying to evaluate
a witness that “you can’t cherry-pick” — “You can’t say, ‘I
like these things he said, but on this, he’s a dirty, rotten liar.’
You got to take it all together.”

Put the two men’s records, their reputations, even their respective
books, side by side, and it’s hard to imagine two more polar opposites
than Trump and Comey: They are as antipodean as the untethered, sybaritic
Al Capone and the square, diligent G-man Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma’s
1987 movie “The Untouchables”; or the vengeful outlaw Frank Miller and
Gary Cooper’s stoic, duty-driven marshal Will Kane in Fred Zinnemann’s
1952 classic “High Noon.”

One is an avatar of chaos with autocratic instincts and a resentment of
the so-called “deep state” who has waged an assault on the
institutions that uphold the Constitution.

The other is a straight-arrow bureaucrat, an apostle of order and the rule
of law, whose reputation as a defender of the Constitution was indelibly
shaped by his decision, one night in 2004, to rush to the hospital room of
his boss, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, to prevent Bush White House
officials from persuading the ailing Ashcroft to reauthorize an N.S.A.
surveillance program that members of the Justice Department believed
violated the law.

One uses language incoherently on Twitter and in person, emitting a
relentless stream of lies, insults, boasts, dog-whistles, divisive appeals
to anger and fear, and attacks on institutions, individuals, companies,
religions, countries, continents.

The other chooses his words carefully to make sure there is “no fuzz”
to what he is saying, someone so self-conscious about his reputation as a
person of integrity that when he gave his colleague James R. Clapper, then
director of national intelligence, a tie decorated with little martini
glasses, he made sure to tell him it was a regift from his brother-in-law.

One is an impulsive, utterly transactional narcissist who, so far in
office, The Washington Post calculated, has made an average of six false
or misleading claims a day; a winner-take-all bully with a nihilistic view
of the world. “Be paranoid,” he advises in one of his own books. In
another: “When somebody screws you, screw them back in spades.”

The other wrote his college thesis on religion and politics, embracing
Reinhold Niebuhr’s argument that “the Christian must enter the
political realm in some way” in order to pursue justice, which keeps
“the strong from consuming the weak.”

Until his cover was blown, Comey shared nature photographs on Twitter
using the name “Reinhold Niebuhr,” and both his 1982 thesis and this
memoir highlight how much Niebuhr’s work resonated with him. They also
attest to how a harrowing experience he had as a high school senior —
when he and his brother were held captive, in their parents’ New Jersey
home, by an armed gunman — must have left him with a lasting awareness
of justice and mortality.

Long passages in Comey’s thesis are also devoted to explicating the
various sorts of pride that Niebuhr argued could afflict human beings —
most notably, moral pride and spiritual pride, which can lead to the sin
of self-righteousness. And in “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey provides an
inventory of his own flaws, writing that he can be “stubborn, prideful,
overconfident and driven by ego.”

Those characteristics can sometimes be seen in Comey’s account of his
handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, wherein he seems to
have felt a moral imperative to address, in a July 2016 press conference,
what he described as her “extremely careless” handling of “very
sensitive, highly classified information,” even though he went on to
conclude that the bureau recommend no charges be filed against her. His
announcement marked a departure from precedent in that it was done without
coordination with Department of Justice leadership and offered more detail
about the bureau’s evaluation of the case than usual.

As for his controversial disclosure on Oct. 28, 2016, 11 days before the
election, that the F.B.I. was reviewing more Clinton emails that might be
pertinent to its earlier investigation, Comey notes here that he had
assumed from media polling that Clinton was going to win. He has
repeatedly asked himself, he writes, whether he was influenced by that
assumption: “It is entirely possible that, because I was making
decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next
president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by
concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would
have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all
polls. But I don’t know.”

He adds that he hopes “very much that what we did — what I did —
wasn’t a deciding factor in the election.” In testimony before the
Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, Comey stated that the very idea
that his decisions might have had an impact on the outcome of the
presidential race left him feeling “mildly nauseous” — or, as one of
his grammatically minded daughters corrected him, “nauseated.”

Trump was reportedly infuriated by Comey’s “nauseous” remark; less
than a week later he fired the F.B.I. director — an act regarded by some
legal scholars as possible evidence of obstruction of justice, and that
quickly led to the appointment of the special counsel Robert Mueller and
an even bigger cloud over the White House.

It’s ironic that Comey, who wanted to shield the F.B.I. from politics,
should have ended up putting the bureau in the midst of the 2016 election
firestorm; just as it’s ironic (and oddly fitting) that a civil servant
who has prided himself on being apolitical and independent should find
himself reviled by both Trump and Clinton, and thrust into the center of
another tipping point in history.

They are ironies that would have been appreciated by Comey’s hero
Niebuhr, who wrote as much about the limits, contingencies and unforeseen
consequences of human decision-making as he did about the dangers of moral
complacency and about the necessity of entering the political arena to try
to make a difference.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:20 pm    Post subject: First Look At James Comey's New Tell-All Book Reply with quote

First Look At James Comey's New Tell-All Book
Published on Apr 12, 2018
Fired FBI Director Comey's much anticipated book describes the various meetings and phone calls he had with Trump, including numerous times in which Comey says Trump confronted him about the most salacious aspects of the infamous dossier.


Jim Comey: President Donald Trump Is A Liar And Unethical
"Untethered to the truth"
Published on Apr 12, 2018
Former FBI Director Jim Comey's memoir contains several bombshell allegations, including that Trump was fixated on proving the Steele Dossier allegations wrong. The Washington Post's Philip Rucker joins The Beat to break the story.


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