On June 7, 2017, James B. Comey released a statement giving information about his dealings with President Donald Trump both in person and over the phone.
The information given was very specific and detailed, however it raised a few red flags concerning President Trump’s motives. Comey met with the president six times in person, and spoke with him three times over the phone. A total of nine, one-on-one interactions with Trump.
This seemed odd considering Comey only met with former President Barack Obama twice. One time was for things pertaining to the government, and the other was to say goodbye as Obama left the White House for good. Obama was president for eight years and it was never necessary for so many meetings between those two, so why nine meetings with President Trump in a mere four months? Many think that these interactions were rather inappropriate.
According to Comey, President Trump seemed eager to have him as the director of the FBI when they spoke at his inauguration. Trump whispered to him that he “really looked forward” to working with him. However, within the four months of the two dealings with each other, there have been nine conversations that did not exactly support that statement from Trump.
The conversations were always geared toward Trump’s involvement with the Russians, in relation to the campaign and election. Trump was informed multiple times that he, in fact, was not under investigation, yet he continued to bring it up in conversations. Not only did he continue to ask if he was being investigated, but he wanted to stop the investigation involving retired United States Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn. He was also getting information about the Russian’s involvement with the campaign.
From the president removing the attorney general from the room to have a private chat with Comey, to Trump asking him to “[let] Flynn go,” the private interactions between the two have been all around inappropriate.
Written by Trinity Oglesby
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN: Comey’s Testimony
James B. Comey: Statement for the Record.
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