'Putin first leader to congratulate Trump'

Former FBI Director James Comey right triggered the inspector general investigation that led to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe left

'Putin first leader to congratulate Trump'

Subjects covered included the dossier detailing Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation and the investigation into Mr Michael Flynn, the President's first national security adviser.

In one excerpt, Mr. Comey wrote that Mr. Trump pointed his fingers to his head and said that Mr. Flynn had some "serious judgment issues". He then blamed Flynn for a delay in returning a congratulatory call from an global leader, telling Comey he would be upset if he had to wait six days for a returned phone call.

Mr. Flynn was sacked after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council [sic]?" The memos were provided to Congress after Republicans escalated criticism of the Justice Dept, threatening to subpoena the documents and questioning officials.

Mr. Comey gave copies of at least two of his memos to Daniel C. Richman, a longtime associate outside the F.B.I.

"He then reviewed in some detail the leaks of his calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, including how the calls had gone, how he assumed that calls he made on "this lovely phone [touching the grey phone on the desk]' were confidential, how it couldn't have come from the Mexicans or Australians, how the transcripts actually included things he doesn't remember saying ['and they say I have one of the world's greatest memories"]", the memo says.

The memos memorialized the top G-man's conversations with President Trump, and Comey said he wrote them so he'd have a contemporaneous record of the conversations in case the president denied them later.

It's not clear what in the memos led the president to reach the conclusion.

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Trump's comments came the day after the Justice Department released redacted versions of memos that Comey composed after interactions with Trump.

Trump "replied by saying it may involve putting reporters in jail". "Will the Witch Hunt continue?"

"I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn't do", Comey said in an interview with CNN on Thursday. What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they could position Trump.

Details from some memos were made public in media accounts in the days after he was sacked.

Trump denied the allegations and said he might want the FBI to investigate allegations in the dossier to prove they were untrue, Comey told ABC. We know this because when the DOJ released his memos to Congress Thursday, it included a letter that mentioned the presence of classified information. Comey then wrote "I laughed as I walked to the door Reince Priebus had opened".

He said he gave Richman a "single unclassified memo", with the intention that it be leaked to the press in an effort to prompt the appointment of a special counsel - something that came to pass when the Justice Department appointed Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE to that very job.

"I said to him, 'Sir that's up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally and, second, it's very hard to prove something didn't happen, '" Comey said. I don't think so. "If there [was] a connection between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a committed surrogate of one of the candidates, that's a very serious issue", Rep Jim Himes, a Democrat from CT, the No 2 on the House Intelligence Committee, told me, adding that functional oversight would want to determine "exactly what transpired between the NY office and the Trump campaign".

"I tried to interject several times to agree with him about the leaks being bad, but was unsuccessful".

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