Comey Just Leaked Information That Can Land Trump And Priebus In Jail
The stakes are high. Since his firing last week, former FBI agent James Comey has been leaking bits and pieces of his memos, which chronicle his interactions with Trump. And it has been devastating for the erratic president.
The release of portions of Comey’s memos to the New York Times has shaken Capitol hill and effectively prompted the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
After the Comey memo, which detailed Trump’s attempts at securing the FBI director’s loyalty and commitment to lay off in the investigation into then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, the feeling was that Trump’s actions were minimally unbecoming of a president, but the public discussion quickly turned to what, exactly, is the definition of obstruction of justice?
If that wasn’t a worrying development for Trump, on Thursday, the New York Times added more fire to the Obstruction of Justice conversation. The new portion of the memo alleges that president Trump and Reince Priebus pushed Comey to publicly clear Trump in the Russia investigation.
The Times wrote:
President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call. Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquires to the Justice Department, according to those people.
Those interactions included a dinner in which associates of Mr. Comey say Mr. Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty and a meeting in the Oval Office at which Mr. Trump told him he hoped Mr. Comey would shut down an investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump has denied making the request. The day after the Flynn conversation [between Trump and Comey], Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Comey to help push back on reports in the news media that Mr. Trump’s associates had been in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign.
The Times story adds incremental credence to the assertion that Trump was poking around for ways to curry favor with Comey to quietly shut down the Russia inquiry that is threatening to bring down his administration.
Given everything we know about and have seen of Donald Trump over the past nearly two years as a candidate and now as a president, it seems not only highly plausible, but a near certainty, that Trump would do anything he pleased to discredit or, better yet, end the investigation into him and his allies.
It’s still early days in the Trump-Comey saga to define the reality of what exactly was said between the two men behind closed doors. But it’s starting to look like a blatant attempt of obstruction of justice was taking place here, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
As expected, the Trump White House has denied, and will continue to deny the allegations.