At the suggestion of James Clapper, then-FBI director James Comey requested his first conversation with Trump be in private. On January 6th. It was Comey who asked everyone to leave the room at Trump Tower.
That would obviously leave Donald Trump thinking the next meetings might as well be private. That doesn’t mean he should have done that, he was wrong, but Comey shares the blame, most of the blame. Trump is a novice, Comey is not.
Former FBI Director James Comey’s statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released Wednesday before his testimony stated that Comey initiated the first private meeting with Donald Trump at the suggestion of Clapper.
I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President-Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment…
The Director of National Intelligence asked that I personally do this portion of the briefing because I was staying in my position and because the material implicated the FBI’s counter-intelligence responsibilities. We also agreed I would do it alone to minimize potential embarrassment to the President-Elect. …
[P]rior to the January 6 meeting, 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.
The media narrative of Trump’s inappropriate one-on-one meetings omits the fact that it was Comey himself who started the practice.
The media also knew Trump was not the subject of the investigation all along and refused to report it.
Multiple Capitol Hill sources were frustrated that the media ignored it and instead drummed up a false narrative about obstruction of justice, which was debunked during Thursday’s testimony by Comey.
The media is 100% anti-Trump and are only concerned about destroying him.
Ari Fleishcer and Jay Sekulow discussed the media’s refusal to report the news accurately last night on ‘Hannity’.