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Five Times Comey Said Trump Was Lying

 

Former Director of the FBI James Comey came to Thursday’s briefing with the Senate Intelligence Committee ready to say the Trump administration had lied to the American people and that immediately after meeting Donald Trump, he was worried the president-elect would lie too.  continue »

Just Security Roundup of #ComeyHearing

 

Here is a roundup of Just Security’s live tweeting from Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with former FBI Director James Comey. We’ve also included a few retweets that captured critical moments.

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Loyalty and Quid Pro Quo: The Defining Themes of Comey’s Conversations with Trump

 

Two intertwined themes run through former FBI-Director James Comey’s hot-off-the-presses written testimony: loyalty and quid pro quo. Neither is appropriate for the relationship between the president and his FBI director.

Comey’s recounting of his interactions with President Donald Trump shows time and again that Trump believed that he had bought Comey’s personal loyalty by allowing him to stay on in his job.…   continue »

The Downward Spiral

 

Last week, I questioned whether President Donald Trump might have potentially engaged in the obstruction of justice when he fired then-FBI Director James Comey. Yesterday, another bombshell. The alleged Comey memo. The memo itself has not been seen by the public (or the reporter who broke the story), but if what’s been reported is, in fact, in there — that the president first cleared the room of both Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions before expressing his not-so-subtle “hope” that the Flynn investigation be dropped — followed by the firing of Comey when that “hope” was not met, then I don’t think we are in the land of speculation anymore.…   continue »

A Prosecutor’s View: The Evidence of Trump’s Obstruction is Now Compelling

 

There has been considerable discussion over the last week about whether President Donald Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice when he fired James Comey as director of the FBI. Caution has been important in this debate because obstruction of justice is a difficult crime to prove, the beyond a reasonable doubt standard for criminal prosecution is an onerous one, and not all the facts are known.…   continue »

Never Waste A Good Crisis, FBI Edition

President Trump’s decision to summarily dismiss now-former FBI Director James Comey has sparked grave concerns in many quarters.  The move has been described as a profoundly dangerous example of the President’s authoritarian instincts.  It has led to warnings of a potential constitutional crisis, speculation whether the president is guilty of obstruction of justice, and skepticism that the President’s proffered reasons for the termination actually underlie his decision.  continue »