James Comey’s seven-page written statement, released by the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon in connection with Comey’s impending testimony tomorrow, draws no conclusions, makes no allegations, and indeed, expresses no opinions. It recounts, in spare and simple prose, a set of facts to which Comey is prepared to testify under oath tomorrow.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee has released the prepared testimony of former FBI Director James Comey in advance of tomorrow’s highly-anticipated hearing. Below is an overview of some of the more significant elements of Comey’s account.
Comey’s statement covers only his interactions with the President.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released James Comey’s prepared testimony in advance of tomorrow’s hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. The full text can be found below.
There’s been a lot of talk of obstruction of justice of late, and we’ve been part of it.
On May 9, immediately after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CBS that the administration fired Comey, at least in part, because “rank-and-file” FBI employees had lost confidence in the Director—a claim that Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe later disputed when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee a few days
In the weeks and months after the presidential election—and even before it—an unusual debate took shape on the pages of Lawfare and elsewhere: Would it be possible to serve ethically in a Trump administration? And even if it is possible, should a person of conscience do it?
Last week’s New York Times story detailing Benjamin Wittes’s conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey and Wittes’s own Lawfare post describe in some detail Director Comey’s concerns about inappropriate White House contacts with the Department of Justice.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about the probe new special counsel Robert Mueller will lead into the Trump-Russia issues. I want to offer some thoughts on two questions that are already being raised: what is Mueller’s jurisdiction, and will the public learn what he uncovers?
At the Atlantic, David Frum writes:
One of us was admittedly very hard last week on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey. His drafting of a memo criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation—which the administration now admits is an entirely pretextual basis for the dismissal of the FBI Director—struck Ben as shocking for reasons he explained.
Perhaps one of the most consequential revelations in Tuesday’s New York Times bombshell was that former FBI Director James Comey made detailed contemporaneous accounts of “every phone call and meeting he had with the president” because, as the Times reports, he was concerned about “what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation.”