James Comey Testimony Timeline: All you need to know about oust FBI Director
If you are even least interested in United States Politics then you must have heard about James Comey, the oust FBI Director. To all those who don’t know, let me brief you quickly. James Comey is an American Lawyer who served as seventh Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, more popular as FBI. Appointed in 2013, he was to serve his term of 10 years. However, 4 years later on May 09, 2017, Donald Trump expelled the director stating “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!”,
Everything seems okay, right! An informed president doing justice to the administration by keeping underqualified people out of the loop. But it’s nothing like it seems.
FBI was investigating ties of Trump’s Administration and Russia upon receiving a documented tip from a MI6 Agent Steeler. But before FBI could stumble upon something crucial, Donald trump removed Director Comey from the post of Director. Following his expulsion on May 09, 2017, he appeared in front of Senate Intelligence committee on Thursday, to submit his final report on FBI’s investigation and made some shocking allegations about POTUS. Here is the timeline of everything between James Comey and Donald Trump.
- FBI acquired a document from a MI6 Agent, a Trump Campaign- Russia dossier by Christopher Steele
- The dossier claimed that Russia was trying to influence US Presidential elections. In addition, the dossier also contained some unverified allegations of collusion of Trump campaign and Russian Government.
- FBI opened an investigation into the Trump campaign in late July.
- Comey asked President Obama permission to warn the public that the Russians were interfering in the election, which Obama refused.
- Since the ties were alleged between the Trump Campaign and Russia, Comey wanted to make clear then president-elect that there was no investigation on him, personally.
- Comey met with President-elect on January 06 to explain the information that the Intelligence Committee had concerning Russia.
- During the meeting, Comey allegedly assured Trump that he was not under investigation, the first of many times.
- However, Trump called the dossier “fake news” and said that he had nothing to do with Russia.
- As soon as the meeting ended, Director Comey went to his “FBI vehicle” and documented his whole conversation with Trump and had been doing at every occasion since.
- Comey reported that over the next four months, he had three in-person meetings with the president and six phone conversations.
- Trump invited Comey to a dinner at the White House that ended up being one-on-one.
- He allegedly opened the conversation by asking Comey if he wanted to stay on as FBI director, citing the abuse that Comey had been subject to.
- Comey wrote in his testimony: “My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.
- Trump allegedly said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”
- Following a counter-terrorism briefing in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, the President signaled at the end by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to FBI Director alone.
- As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General lingered by Comey’s chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with Comey. It should be noted that FBI Director reports to Attorney General and hence technically, Attorney General’s presence was recommended.
- The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. Note: Mike Flynn who was 25th National Security Advisor resigned his office, following incomplete reporting on his communications with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
- Trump also said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
- On the morning of March 30, the President called Comey at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country.
- He repeatedly told Comey that needed to get that fact out to the American People as it was hindering his ability to act.
- He asked what FBI would take to “lift the cloud.”
- He also said, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.”
- That was the last conversation between Donald Trump and James Comey.