Former FBI Director James Comey admits that he did in fact, advise President Trump on three occasions that he was not the subject of a criminal investigation.
In a termination letter that President Trump wrote to Comey on May 9th, he said “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
The president’s statement alleging that Comey had informed him that he was not the subject of an investigation was widely maligned and reported as untrue by mainstream media outlets.
As recently as this week, CNN (among others) was reporting to readers and viewers that Comey would refute President Trump’s words in sworn testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
CNN is now backtracking on that assertion faster than the ink can dry:
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
In prepared written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee released yesterday, former FBI Director Comey verified that he told Donald Trump on three distinct occasions that he was not the subject of a criminal investigation.
January 6th Meeting at Trump Tower:
I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.
January 27th dinner at the White House:
During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative.
March 30th phone call:
I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that.
PolitiFact, an anti-Trump outlet, was forced to verify the accuracy of President Trump’s initial account in lieu of Comey’s statement:
In testimony prepared for a June 8 Senate hearing, former FBI Director James Comey corroborated President Donald Trump’s account that Comey told him three times he wasn’t personally under FBI investigation.
Comey is set to testify in-person today before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Lawmakers will no doubt, aim to coerce further remarks from the former FBI chieftain to advance their politically partisan agenda’s.
Democrats will seek straws to grasp in their effort to depose a duly elected president.
Many Republicans, who still are wary of embracing Trump as the leader of their party against their institutional inclinations, may find hairs that they can further split.