In a February 2017 conversation, Trump told Comey how Putin told him, “we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world” even as the president adamantly distanced himself from a salacious allegation concerning himself and prostitutes in Moscow.
The memos reveal that days before Flynn’s firing, then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked Comey if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant.
The former FBI director went on to say that a person “who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies, constantly, about matters big and small, and insists that the American people believe it — that person is not fit to be president.”
“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote early on Sunday in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at Comey.
The controversy involved Clinton’s use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under then-President Barack Obama, including for messages that were later determined to contain classified information.
James Comey is embarking on a publicity rollout of his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” which offers his version of the highly controversial events surrounding his firing by Trump and the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigations.
In the forthcoming book, James Comey compares Donald Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.”
James Comey has also used language about “weasels” before, most notably in a September 2016 congressional hearing when he defended the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The routine oversight hearing is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ first before the committee since his January confirmation, and it comes as has worked quickly to reshape the department with an intense focus on immigration, drugs, gangs and violent crime.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has requested a large batch of documents from the White House and is expected to interview at least a half dozen current and former aides in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee said former FBI director James Comey’s actions “were improper, and likely could have been illegal.”
Bannon confirmed he opposed President Donald Trump’s decision to oust Comey, calling the FBI “an institution.” Bannon told CBS that institutions such as the US Senate and House of Representatives can be changed “if the leadership is changed.” But he also said the FBI is different.
The White House has said Trump was acting on the Justice Department’s recommendation when he fired Comey, though the president said in a television interview days later that he was thinking of “the Russia thing” when he made the move and had planned to fire “regardless of recommendation.”
The vote was 92-5 for Christopher Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud. Wray inherits the FBI at a particularly challenging time given Donald Trump’s ousting of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.
Donald Trump said that about two weeks before his inauguration in January, James Comey and other officials briefed him in New York on what US intelligence agencies say was Russian meddling in the election, with the goal of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.