Washington Braces for Comey Testimony

Posted June 08, 2017

Californians are also so locked into their political prisms that 57 percent of Republicans believe that President Donald Trump fired Comey because of the way he handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, according to a poll released Tuesday by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

Comey is the star witness in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of alleged Russian election meddling previous year, with the possible collusion of the Trump campaign.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday that the committee will ask Comey for any notes he kept on conversations with Trump.

In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017 photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. One Washington consultant whose clients work closely with the administration said the tweets feed into a sense that the White House is losing its way.

Coats reportedly discussed that March conversation with other officials and decided that interceding with Comey, as Trump had suggested, would be inappropriate.

Comey is scheduled to testify publicly for the first time since he was sacked at a hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday. It is clouding Donald Trump's administration as key hearings begin this week.

This date is likely to be a major focus of Comey's hearing because it's when - according to a memo Comey wrote at the time - Trump asked Comey to drop the federal investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In February, as tensions flared between intelligence agencies and the White House over Russian Federation and other issues, some of Trump's advisers floated the idea of appointing a NY billionaire, Stephen Feinberg, to undertake a review of the DNI.

In an appearance last month before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats refused to provide details about his interactions with Trump.

Ex-FBI Director James Comey reportedly asked not to gave anymore one-on-one time with Trump.

Almost half of Republicans don't trust President Trump's word on the Russian influence in the election, according to a new poll from ABC News/Washington Post published Wednesday. As special counsel, Mueller has access to those memos, but the FBI declined a request from the Senate Intelligence Committee for copies, citing the ongoing investigation. In one memo, Comey described a dinner with Trump at the White House a week after the inauguration in January.

He is understood to have already spoken to special counsel Robert Mueller, who may have asked Mr Comey not to discuss matters classified and pertinent to his investigation into the Russian Federation affair.

Two legal experts said Comey would seek to avoid compromising a new inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller or separate congressional investigations.

"Those were his words", Wyden told reporters.

As CNN reported last week, while Comey was "disturbed" by his meetings with the President, he "thought he had the situation under control" because he felt the President did not quite grasp the inappropriateness of his actions.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to US intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign.

In his first public remarks since Trump fired him last month, Comey is expected to tell the Senate Intelligence committee that Trump asked him during a meeting in the Oval Office to end the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation. "I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview", he said.