Politics Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump

23:31  18 may  2017
23:31  18 may  2017 Source:   MSN

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Comey prepared the account immediately after his meeting with the president, and sent copies of the memo to FBI leadership and to some of his closest associates. “The best way to get to the bottom of it is for him to testify." Trump has said he had three conversations with Comey in which he asked

Comey is known to be a pretty meticulous keeper of notes, and CNN’s Jake Tapper just reported that Comey kept extensive notes of his conversations with Trump for the precise reason that they made him uneasy

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, then- FBI Director James B. Comey listens at a hearing on Capitol Hil.© Carolyn Kaster/AP In this May 3, 2017, file photo, then- FBI Director James B. Comey listens at a hearing on Capitol Hil.

FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with President Trump, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the legal and ethical boundaries governing their respective roles, according to associates of the now-fired FBI chief.

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The associates recounted how worried Comey was about meeting with Trump and recalled conversations in which they brainstormed how to handle moments in which the president asked for details of an investigation.

Comey not worried about possible Trump tapes: reports

  Comey not worried about possible Trump tapes: reports "He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect," a source tells NBC News."If there is a tape, there's nothing he is worried about," a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Here’s the story: according to a couple of associates of former FBI Director James Comey , he kept a paper trail of every conversation he had with Trump . I suspect that if Comey kept the kind of notes his associates have suggested, there is more fire to come.

If so the truth about his conversations with Comey should be easy to verify in a Congressional investigation. Comey , of course, is expected to be subpoenaed in Congress’s ongoing inquiry into Trump ’s ties with Russia.

One associate referred to Comey’s preparation as a kind of “murder board’’ — a phrase used to describe a committee of questioners that hurl tough questions at someone as practice for a difficult oral examination.

“He was pretty insistent that he would have to find a way to politically not answer it,” recalled one associate. “He was confident that he was not going to sacrifice the independence of the investigation, or his own moral compass, but at the same time, he would not try to purposely inflame his commander in chief.”

The president abruptly fired Comey last week, raising questions about whether he was attempting to interfere in the ongoing FBI probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian operatives seeking to meddle in last year’s presidential election.

Comey not worried about possible Trump tapes: reports

  Comey not worried about possible Trump tapes: reports "He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect," a source tells NBC News."If there is a tape, there's nothing he is worried about," a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

A second Comey associate told NPR that Comey wrote notes for his files after several conversations with Trump . "He was concerned," the second source said. "'I hope you can let this go,'" Trump told Comey of the Flynn investigation, the same source said.

Former associates are also saying that the real estate mogul does have a history of taping his conversations . Comey 's Revenge: Leaks Memo To NYT Saying Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation. Is the US Preparing for a Preemptive Strike?

Comey was very apprehensive heading into a dinner with the president in late January, because of his previous encounters with Trump during the transition and immediately after the inauguration, according to one associate. Comey felt as if Trump did not understand or did not like the FBI director’s independence and was trying to get Comey to bend the rules for him, the associate said.

White House officials have disputed the accuracy of a memo Comey wrote describing what was said at the January dinner. In it, associates said, Comey described an effort by the president to get him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In his preparation for meeting Trump, Comey made clear to associates that he wanted to be responsive to the president’s questions while declining to discuss sensitive subjects “in a manner that did not come across as a slap in the face,’’ said the associate, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The FBI declined to comment, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before going to the dinner, Comey practiced Trump’s likely questions and his answers with a small group of his most trusted confidants, the associates said, in part to ensure he did not give Trump any ammunition to use against him later.

The director did not take notes during the dinner with the president, but there were times, one associate recalled, when after meeting with Trump, Comey started writing notes as soon as he got into a car, “to make sure he could accurately record what was said.’’

Another associate said the notes of the January dinner conversation contained very nuanced quotes from the president and a high level of detail.

Comey was ‘disgusted’ by hug with Trump .
A friend of James Comey said Thursday that the former FBI director was "disgusted" when President Trump hugged him at a White House event earlier this year, calling it an "intentional attempt to compromise [Comey] in public."Brookings Institution fellow Benjamin Wittes, a close friend of Comey, recounted the incident on PBS "NewsHour" Thursday. According to Wittes, Comey was "disgusted" when Trump gave Comey a hug during a White House v isit for a ceremony honoring law enforcement officials that worked Trump's inauguration.

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