Did Trump Intend to Fire FBI Director James Comey All Along?

Alain Brian
Juillet 21, 2017

In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he believes fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey tried to use the infamous dossier of compromising material on his trip to Moscow as leverage to keep his job. The F.B.I. has not corroborated the most sensational assertions in the dossier.

"In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there", Trump told the newspaper.

Trump accused Comey of illegally leaking information about their conversations, pointing out that Comey admitted that he did it to get a special prosecutor appointed for the Russian Federation investigation. "For what? I didn't do anything wrong".

When asked by MacCallum if he would ever consider re-opening the investigation, Rosenstein answered "every decision we make ... about whether to investigate, whether to prosecute, is based upon the facts in the law [and] an independent determination with the insight and investigative work of our career agents and prosecutors".

On Putin: Trump told the Times that during his second, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit, they exchanged "pleasantries" for about 15 minutes and spoke "about adoptions". Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton.

Trump recalled the moment that James Comey showed him the infamous "dossier" of outrageous accusations of his actions in Russian Federation, calling it "really phony stuff".

According to reports Mr. Mueller is said to be probing potential obstruction of justice by President Trump over his decision to sack the politicized FBI Director James Comey earlier this year.

Rosenstein also expressed disapproval when asked about Comey's recent admission that he enlisted a friend to leak memos of Comey's conversations with President Trump to the New York Times. It quoted Trump saying "There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any".

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