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Schmidt writes: "President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call."

James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, after being called on by President Trump at a White House ceremony in January. Mr. Comey told a friend that he had hoped Mr. Trump would not spot him at the event. (photo: Al Drago/The New York Times)
James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, after being called on by President Trump at a White House ceremony in January. Mr. Comey told a friend that he had hoped Mr. Trump would not spot him at the event. (photo: Al Drago/The New York Times)


Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance

By Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

19 May 17

 

resident Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.

Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquiries to the Justice Department, according to those people.

After explaining to Mr. Trump how communications with the F.B.I. should work, Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president and other White House officials that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.’s independence. At the time, Mr. Comey was overseeing the investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.


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0 # CDMR 2017-05-20 08:50
Sounds like the typical battle of power between the FBI and a president. This has been going on for nearly a century. The FBI has always thought it was more powerful than a president. Until he died, presidents were deathly afraid of J. Edgar Hoover. He could leak more dirt on the -- whether true or false -- to the press than they could withstand. Comey is just following the tradition and telling Trump he has to approach the FBI director through subordinates just like everyone else.

Now the NYT is reporting that Trump told Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, that Comey is a "nut job."

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job”.

I don't know if this is more classified information the Times is saying Trump revealed to a foreign enemy. Classified or not, this time it is true. Comey is a nut job. Probably a lot worse, too.
 

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