Update at the end
Jim Comey said under oath today that he leaked his cover-his-butt memo(s) to the NY Times after Donald Trump tweeted he – Comey – better hope there is no tape of their conversation.
Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz said at the National Press Club in D.C. after the hearing Thursday that it’s on the record the story was leaked the day before the tweet.
The NY Times quoted from the memo the day before the tweet.
That would make Comey a liar and, as Mr. Kasowitz said, acting in a retaliatory manner.
Comey is one of the leakers and perhaps he needs to be investigated.
This is the tweet, the day after the NY Times started quoting the memo.
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Furthermore, the President never said to let Flynn loose, Mr. Kasowitz said.
In addition, according to Mr. Kasowitz, the president also never told Mr. Comey, quote, I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, closed quote. He never said it in form and Mr. Comey, quote, I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, closed quote. He never said it in form and never said it in substance. Of course, the office of the president is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving the administration,
What the press is ignoring is that Comey admitted he told Trump three times he was not under investigation, that Trump did not ask for the investigation to be dropped, and that the NY Times story about Trump campaign aides having repeated contact with the Russians was untrue.
Those are the big takeaways the press is ignoring to further a narrative they hope will take down the President. They are trying to overthrow him.
We have an update from the NY Times. They say Mr. Kasowitz is mistaken about the dates. However, their story from May 11th does seem to prove the NY Times had this information before the President tweeted.
You can’t believe anything out of the Times. Why would anyone believe a thing they say? Their front page today is replete with articles about the alleged “damning” indictment of the President, the “most damning by any law enforcement official in decades…” They didn’t print a word about the fact that the President was cleared of obstruction of justice. They even justify Comey’s leaking: “Mr. Comey was by turns humble, folksy and matter-of-fact, but he proved that he was not afraid to play the Washington game by leaking information on his own.”
Comey called the NY Times during the testimony. How folksy!
This is one of their tweets attempting to dismiss Kasowitz’s allegations.
Kasowitz is mistaken re NYT stories on Comey memos. We never quoted memos prior to Trump’s 5/12 tweet re tapes; 1st story doing so was 5/16
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) June 8, 2017
However, that’s probably not true. The NY Times broke a story on May 11th about Comey not wanting to hug the President. Details of his conversations in the private dinner between Comey and Trump were discussed in that article titled, In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.
Check out these passages:
The White House says this account is not correct. And Mr. Trump, in an interview on Thursday with NBC, described a far different dinner conversation with Mr. Comey in which the director asked to have the meeting and the question of loyalty never came up. It was not clear whether he was talking about the same meal, but they are believed to have had only one dinner together.
By Mr. Comey’s account, his answer to Mr. Trump’s initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty.
Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense.
They didn’t mention the memos and claim the information came out during an interview with Comey but they had the information from Comey’s memos, whether they had them in hand or not.