Trump îl califică pe fostul director al FBI Comey, drept un 'turnător' care a livrat presei prontr-un intermediar discuțiile dintre ei, detalii care s-au aflat după audierea acestuia
Președintele SUA Donald Trump l-a calificat vineri pe fostul director al FBI James Comey drept un 'turnător' (n.r. nenorocit, am completa noi), la o zi după ce acesta a depus mărturie în care l-a acuzat pe Trump că a încercat să blocheze o investigație și că a spus minciuni despre el și despre FBI, relatează Reuters.
'În pofida atâtor declarații false și minciuni, reabilitare totală și completă... și WOW, Comey este un 'turnător' (leaker, în limba engleză — n.r.)!', a scris Trump într-un mesaj difuzat pe Twitter.
Aceasta este prima reacție a lui Trump, pe Twitter, după audierea fostului director al FBI de către Comitetul pentru Informații din Senatul american în cadrul căreia fostul director al FBI l-a acuzat pe președintele republican că a mințit pur și simplu cu privire la motivele destituirii sale intempestive, la 9 mai.
EFE relatează că, potrivit presei americane, Trump și-a petrecut ziua de joi în compania avocatului său personal, Marc Kasowitz, și a ministrului apărării, James Mattis, unul dintre cei mai importanți apropiați ai săi.
În pofida faptului că unii consilieri de-ai săi se temeau că liderul de la Casa Albă va reacționa în timp ce Comey încă era audiat, Trump și-a făcut de lucru, participând la diverse evenimente și reuniuni, și a urmărit doar 45 de minute din audierea care a durat două ore și jumătate, potrivit The New York Times.
A big thing: Comey refused to state whether he believed that President Trump's request to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn amounted to obstruction of justice — saying it was a question for the investigation's special counsel Bob Mueller — but he called it "a very disturbing thing, very concerning."
Another big thing: After his firing and this Trump tweet, Comey asked a close friend of his — Columbia law professor Daniel Richman — to leak the content of his memos to the media with the hope of triggering the appointment of a special counsel.
I took it as a direction…I took it as what he wants me to do. Comey on Trump's "hope" that he'd shut down the Flynn investigation
Why Comey wanted to testify:
"The explanations, the shifting explanations [for his firing], confused me — and increasingly concerned me."
"It confused me when I saw on television the president saying that he actually fired me because of the Russia investigation."
"The administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI."
Why Comey wrote his memos:
"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting and I thought it important to document."
Comey wrote them in an unclassified manner to make them "easier to discuss" across government. He added, "I remember thinking, 'This is a very disturbing development, very important to our work, I need to document it.'"
Why Comey was concerned about Trump's behavior:
"My common sense told me that he's looking to get something in exchange for my request to stay in the job."
When Trump requested the Flynn shutdown: "Why would you kick everyone out of the Oval Office?"
Comey's reaction to idea Trump may have tapes:
"I've seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes."
"The president surely knows if he taped me. If he did, my feelings won't be hurt. Release all the tapes. I'm good with it."
The status of the investigation:
Comey confirmed that Trump himself was not under investigation while he was FBI director.
Did Trump collude with Russia? "That's a question I don't think I should answer in an open setting." Comey added that he meant nothing "nefarious" with that statement, simply that he's been out of government for a month.
Other key takeaways:
On not shutting down Trump's Flynn request: "Maybe if I were stronger I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in."
On AG Sessions: Comey stated that he believed Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation eventually because the FBI was "aware of facts" that he "can't disclose in an open setting."
The Steele dossier: Comey refused to state in the open session whether any aspects of the Steele dossier had been verified.
On former AG Loretta Lynch's push to tone down the rhetoric surrounding the Clinton email investigation, Comey said, "The attorney general was looking to align campaign language with our language, which... gave me a queasy feeling."
Comey's message to his former colleagues at the FBI: "I am so sorry that I didn't get the opportunity to say goodbye to you properly."