Comey Reportedly Made A STUNNING Request Of Jeff Sessions After Trump Tried To Halt Russia Probe | THE POLITICUS

Comey Reportedly Made A STUNNING Request Of Jeff Sessions After Trump Tried To Halt Russia Probe

 
 

Comey Reportedly Made A STUNNING Request Of Jeff Sessions After Trump Tried To Halt Russia Probe

As we all begin gearing up for Thursday’s testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, a few new things are coming to light. One of them involves a conversation between Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which followed the conversation in which Trump pressed Comey to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia. According to The New York Times:

Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.

Mr. Comey believed Mr. Sessions should protect the F.B.I. from White House influence, the officials said, and pulled him aside after a meeting in February to tell him that private interactions between the F.B.I. director and the president were inappropriate.

Sessions, however, refused to guarantee that Trump wouldn’t try to talk to him alone again.

This underscores just how little Comey trusted Trump. He had a strong and deeply entrenched belief that the FBI had to remain free from political influence in order to do its job correctly. In fact, the FBI director serves a ten-year term specifically to make it more difficult for White Houses to politicize them.

That independence is something that President Obama seemed to understand and respect, but that Trump doesn’t care for. To Trump, an agency independent of his influence is a loose cannon, particularly in this case, where he and his close associates are under investigation. That’s why Comey is set to testify to the Senate – his firing amidst an exploding investigation into Trump and Russia is highly suspicious.

ABC News has reported that Comey will stop short of actually accusing Trump of obstruction of justice. However, he is expected to talk about his conversations with Trump, including how and why he was so uncomfortable. Given Comey’s nature, it’s neither surprising nor a buzzkill for him to refuse to make that accusation. He’s testifying, not issuing a report. As such, he’ll be telling the Senate what happened and when, and leave it up to them to decide whether any of this constitutes obstruction of justice. Just as he should, just as he would if he were testifying in a regular court before a judge and jury.

Telling Sessions to ensure that he and Trump weren’t alone again is pretty big, as is the fact that Sessions wouldn’t do it. His testimony on Thursday is going to be interesting.


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