James Comey erased any doubt this week that President Trump asked him to halt a key part of his investigation into the Russian collusion scandal and insisted on his complete “loyalty.”

In testimony before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, Comey produced a detailed recitation of what Trump told him in their meetings over the course of the past several months — supporting allegations that had been leaked to the news media and that the president has denounced as “fake news.”

In a Feb. 14 Oval Office meeting, Trump wanted to talk about the investigation into Michael Flynn, who had resigned the previous day after he lied to Vice President Pence, saying he hadn’t talked to Russian officials during the campaign.

After asking others at the meeting to leave, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Comey’s boss, “The president began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians,” the FBI chief said in written testimony.

“He is a good guy and has been through a lot,” Trump said. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go ... I hope you can let this go.”

“I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December,” Comey said.

At meeting Jan. 27, the president raised the issue of Comey’s job, asking “whether I wanted to stay on as FBI director, which I found strange.”

Comey concluded “the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status.”

Comey told Trump, “I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my 10-year term as director.

“And then, because the setup made me uneasy, I added that I was not ‘reliable’ in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth.”

Then a few moments later, Trump said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

Comey gave Trump a tutorial of sorts about the independence of the Department of Justice and especially the FBI, and the dangers of “undermining public trust in the institutions” of government “and their work.”

But Trump wanted to hear none of that, and once again said, “I need loyalty.” But Comey replied, “You will always get honesty from me.”

To which Trump responded, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty.”

But, as the investigation widened, the president wanted something more from Comey than just his loyalty, which he didn’t get. And so, he was fired.

During a March 30 phone call from the White House, Trump said “a cloud” had settled over his presidency, making it difficult to move his agenda forward, and “that he hadn’t done anything wrong and hoped I would find a way to get it out that we weren’t investigating him.”

Three things are clear right now: Trump has interfered with the FBI’s investigation, spurring talk about obstruction of justice; his agenda is firmly stalled in Congress; and the highly respected Gallup Poll had his job approval score at 39 percent at the end of May.

Donald Lambro is a columnist nationally syndicated by United Feature Syndicate

(37) comments

Carlos Ponce

One thing is clear now, Leftist Lambro ignored most of Comey's testimony in writing this column. The poll numbers are low but as the last election showed not credible. And if you accept that low number, it is higher than President Clinton's at the same point in his presidency.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r0x3FIRZ6M

Jim Forsythe

Look at the polls that said Hillary would win the popular vote below. She won the vote, so the polls were right.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com

Most polls do not like to predict the electoral votes, but the ones that did , started seeing Trump winning the electoral votes . Below is one that started saying Trump may win. as early as September. This one saw the change in Florida, which was important for Trump..
09/15/2016  
Donald Trump would apparently win roughly as many electoral votes as Hillary Clinton — who held a commanding lead in early August and seemed to be closing off all possible Trump routes to 270 electoral votes.
But state polling averages, which can be lagging indicators, are beginning to show Trump in the lead. According to POLITICO’s Battleground States polling average, Trump is now ahead in Iowa and Ohio — and he’s tied with Clinton in vote-rich Florida.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-electoral-college-polls-228249

Josh Butler

Yawn. Keep reaching.

Diane Turski

Thank you for a concise summary of Director Comey's testimony. I watched his entire testimony, and you have presented a true and accurate account. For anyone who did not watch his testimony, your summary should prove beneficial.

Kelly Naschke

Hey Dianne...how many times did Comey say "there WAS NO COLLUSION between Trump and Russia"? If the facts kicked you demb demb' s square in the face (like the Comey hearings DID) you still LIE about it. It really is amazing watching the left implode.

Christopher Fluke

Hey Kelly, please point to the transcript where he said those exact words. He did not say there was NO Collusion, only that at that time, Trump was not personally under investigation and he did not answer rather the campaign had colluded, or not. You put that in quotes, and I've searched the transcript and watched the hearing twice, so I'd like you to point to that specific quote within the testimony. Comey stated up front that he, while as the FBI director, did not want to say something that could require a duty to corrrect, but alluded that as a private citizen, he does not have that duty, which is not the same as what you are putting in quotes.

Doyle Beard

Summary boy that is a laugh.

PD Hyatt

The FBI should have his notes and they should be turned over to the DOJ for prosecution.... What Comey did is against the law.... But many leftists such as this author do not care if leftists like Comey, Obama, Clinton/s, Holder, Lynch, Kerry and many others of their ilk break the law.... The leftists claim to want to follow the law, except for them....

Christopher Fluke

Actually, it isn't clear if what Comey did related to the memo's being leaked is illegal or not, it's been debated in the news but there is no clear answer. If Comey committed a crime, it should be investigated. If Comey's comments are true, then Trump could be in trouble for abuse of power or obstruction, which should be investigated as well. Any, and all, crimes, committed by any person, regardless of party, should be investigated, and if enough evidence is found, prosecuted.

Jim Forsythe

"there WAS NO COLLUSION between Trump and Russia"    It has not been proved one way or the other, as it now is Muellers job.
Comey also said that while he didn’t want to express an opinion on whether Trump was seeking to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russians meddling into the presidential election, he is “sure” the special counsel, Robert Mueller, will be examining that. And he said he is sure he was fired because of "the Russia investigation."

Comey also explained why he wrote memos chronicling his private conversations with Trump: he had a "gut feeling" the president might lie about the nature of the meetings.
"I knew there might come a day when I needed a record of what happened," he said, citing the "nature" of the person he was dealing with. He added that he never felt the need for such a record in dealing with two former presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
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Trumps choice of lawyer will not help him with his poll numbers, but is just another link to Russia.
"The hard-charging New York lawyer President Trump chose to represent him in the Russia investigation has prominent clients with ties to the Kremlin, a striking pick for a president trying to escape the persistent cloud that has trailed his administration.
Marc E. Kasowitz’s clients include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin and has done business with Trump’s former campaign manager. Kasowitz also represents Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, U.S. court records show."

Jarvis Buckley

So with the proper spin & talking points. Comey is the democrats hero.

Jim Forsythe

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland sued President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.
The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

Jarvis Buckley

Jim your comments are ludicrous, you don't even believe that.

Jim Forsythe

Jarvis, it was filed today and will  be the first real test of the emoluments clause.. You may not believe what they are doing , but it may end up in the Supreme Court
"The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, is the latest and most significant legal challenge to Trump over the issue of emoluments."

This and other thing  is what the its about.
"After hiring staff and holding events to cater to foreign diplomats, the Embassy of Kuwait held an event at the hotel, switching its initial booking from the Four Seasons. Saudi Arabia, the destination of Trump’s first trip abroad, also booked rooms at the hotel through an intermediary on more than one occasion since Trump’s inauguration. Turkey held a state-sponsored event there last month. And in April, the ambassador of Georgia stayed at the hotel and tweeted his compliments. Trump himself has appeared at the hotel and greeted guests repeatedly since becoming president.
As a result, the hotel may be drawing business away from the taxpayer-owned D.C. convention center and one in nearby Maryland subsidized by taxpayers."


    

Jarvis Buckley

Fair warning Daily news , you are fixing to lose a lot of readers if you keep letting these folks spew their unwarranted accusations in so called
Articles. Forewarned is forearmed.

Paula Flinn

Ever hear of 'free speech,' or "The First Amendment" to the Constitution? I am sure after your warning The Daily News, which is 175 years old, is "shaking in their boots." LOL

Doyle Beard

lies and innuendos are great for free speech aent they.

Carlos Ponce

Paula may keep her subscription to the GCDN but does that mean everybody has to? People disappointed with "coverage" can walk away from a 175 year old newspaper. It would be interesting to see subscription numbers since they veered Left. A lot of people just take it for local coverage, which is what a local paper should cover. Remember, Galveston County is a mostly Conservative County ranking 4th behind Brazoria, Lubbock and Montgomery.

Doyle Beard

175 years old and nothing learned. MY MY.

Doyle Beard

Donald sounds like a syndicated idiot.

Jarvis Buckley

I'm sure they aren't shaking in their boots Paula but they do understand
what I said. I love our newspaper but will drop them like left over pizza if they start pushing this left wing untrue liberal bull .

Cary Semar

Donald Lambro's facts are accurate and his interpretation of those facts are reasonable. One can make an argument that the facts can be interpreted another way, and I understand that. No one is likely to change their mind because of any of the comments they read here, especially those of us who bother to post our opinions on line. Once you have taken a public stand, it would be so painful to change your position that for most people, it is impossible. Nevertheless some of us do try to make logical arguments for their positions. I also occasionally indulge in logic and reason, but of course it does not work. Vitriol does not work either, but it is much more satisfying.

It is of interest to me however that the conservative views no longer dominate these comment sections like they once did. Carlos, Doyle, George, PD, and Jarvis once had this forum nearly all to themselves.

At the time I started writing this, there were twenty comments, but many multiple comments by different people. I counted up those who were supportive of Donald Lambro's views and those who were against and the result was 5-5 individuals. I would like to add my vote and make it 6-5 for.

Finally, here is a shout-out to our most consistently civil commenters, Jim Forsythe leading the Pros and Carlos Ponce leading the Cons. Listening to those guys can fool you into believing the truth still matters.

Carlos Ponce

There are two sides to a story, Cary. "Donald Lambro's facts are accurate and his interpretation of those facts are reasonable." What is UNREASONABLE is that Lambro is taking Comey's statements as factual. Problem is Comey was not factual. He said he gave his memo to his friend AFTER Trump's tweet. A simple timeline check says the leak happened BEFORE the Tweet. If he is wrong on this verifiable fact could Comey be wrong on other items and doing a CYA?
"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Donald Trump Tweet 5:26 AM - 12 May 2017
“The public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse,” Marc Kasowitz said.
Lambro displayed blind acceptance of a one sided story........ Many would call that GULLIBLE.

Christopher Fluke

Actually what you state is not fact. Comey told several people of the loyalty diner after the initial meeting, and the people sharing that story were repeating the recollection and not the memo. It was his recollections that got shared, not the memo. The reporter for times was interviewed and that was cleared up. It was after the tweet that Comey sent the memo to his friend to be sent to the media. Your statement is incorrect and misleading equally as well as you blame the other side.

Carlos Ponce

Remember Cary, you posted "the truth still matters". Truth is Comey's testimony was inaccurate.

Doyle Beard

Mostly due to fix the libs are in, Nothing for them to really defend nowadys. Hillary lost.

Jim Forsythe

The tweet May 12
Donald J. Trump
✔ @realDonaldTrump
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
7:26 AM - 12 May 2017

  May 16 , report published
"Trump tweeted about the possibility of tapes Friday, May 12. On May 16, the New York Times published a report, citing a memo from Comey read to the paper by "one of Mr. Comey’s associates," that Trump had asked Comey to halt any investigations into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. This report is corroborated in Comey's testimony, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released Wednesday ahead of his hearing."
http://time.com/4811044/james-comey-testimony-media-leaks/
 
“The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter,” the paper reported on May 16."
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/337202-comey-followed-careful-plan-in-leaking-memos

Carlos Ponce

References from the memo were published prior to the Tweet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html
"In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred."
The report was written on May 10 for a May 11 publication. Trump's tweet made on May 12.

Christopher Fluke

The Times cleared that up and stated that the loyalty story was not based on the memos.

Carlos Ponce

Web searching the NYT title gives the "written on" date May 10, 2017
In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred ...
www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump...
May 10, 2017 · Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty. ... In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred. ...

Carlos Ponce

Was the alleged "loyalty oath" part of Comey's memo?
"As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase “honest loyalty” differently, but I decided it wouldn’t be productive to push it further." Statement for the Record Senate Select Committee on Intelligence James B. Comey June 8, 2017
So do you get it now? The NYT wrote of "loyalty" on MAY 10, published on May 11. Trump Tweeted on May 12, after the NYT printed information from the memo.

Christopher Fluke

Being part of the memo is not the same as recollections passed from people who heard it from Comey shortly after the meeting. Comey said he only released the memos because if Trump had tapes, his recollection and memos would be validated.

Carlos Ponce

Christopher, look at the timeline. The memos were released prior to Trump's Tweet about "tapes". In other words he either lied or misled during the hearings.

Christopher Fluke

The Times reporter cleared that up and said it was sourced differently and that is was recollections and not the memo regarding the first article. Comey said he told others right after the meeting. The source very well could have been any of the five potential people Comey said he told. It's possible Comey shared the memo, but to say for fact that he did is not true, as the Times reporters and the nuances of what Comey said do not support that the memo leaked before the tweet.

Christopher Fluke

And if Comey committed a crime, he should be investigated as well as Trump for potential abuse of power and/or obstruction. If a person buys drugs from a drug dealer and goes to the police to let them know the drug dealer sold it to him, do you think either should go free? No, both would be investigated and both charged if the evidence warrants. Not much difference here.

Carlos Ponce

"The Times reporter cleared that up and said..." REALLY? r just CYA time again for the NYT?

Jim Forsythe

 " both would be investigated and both charged if the evidence warrants" Special Counsel Robert Mueller  will look into this, unless Trump fires him!

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