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WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Friday that President Donald Trump has “every right” to call out former FBI Director James Comey, particularly in light of what she described as glowing media coverage.

“We shouldn’t be praising him. We should be putting him down. We should be taking him off of air,” Sanders said.

The comments mark the White House’s particularly heated response to Comey embarking on a promotional tour to support his new book, A Higher Loyalty, which is critical of Trump.

The president started his day by lashing out at Comey on Twitter, describing him as an “untruthful slime ball.”

Sanders continued the president’s line of criticism Friday, reading lengthy, prepared statements condemning the former director.

“The American people see right through the blatant lies of a self-admitted leaker. This is nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt from Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section,” Sanders said. “One of the president’s greatest achievements will go down as firing Director James Comey.”

Trump dismissed Comey last May, purportedly for how he conducted himself amid an investigation into then Democratic-candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Not long after, Trump told NBC News that he decided to fire Comey before the president received recommendations from his deputy attorney general, and cited frustration with the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Comey has since gone public with claims that Trump strongly implied that he should drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, something he revealed by sending his private notes to a colleague for publication and then disclosing it during Congressional testimony.

WASHINGTON – Encounters with President Donald Trump are not that different than what one might expect when dealing with the boss of an organized crime family, former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a yet-to-be-released book that was provided to CNN.

“The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth,” Comey wrote of Trump within the context of experiences the former director encountered during his time as a federal prosecutor.

A Higher Loyalty is expected to hit book stores next Tuesday.

Trump fired Comey last year. The firing caused intense political fallout and resulted in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to investigate potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. About two months earlier, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating Russian inference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election as well as potential collusion.

Since the firing Trump has frequently attacked Comey in tweets.

On Friday morning the president tore into the former Bureau director:

Trump has called Mueller’s investigation a witch-hunt and has not ruled out firing him. Trump has questioned Rosenstein’s ability to impartially oversee the investigation. The attacks have provoked speculation that Trump might decide to fire either or both.

Critics of the president argue that he views the Justice Department as his personal legal team and therefore expects to be shielded from accountability.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump raised the prospect of the Justice Department taking action against former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and former FBI Director James Comey in a Tuesday morning tweet.

The tweet comes after the State Department released emails from Abedin found on the laptop of her then-husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, during a 2016 FBI investigation into allegations that Weiner exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a minor.

Several of the emails, which stemmed from Abedin’s tenure as an aide to Clinton when she was Secretary of State, contained classified material that was redacted.

The Daily Caller notes that emails containing passwords were forwarded to a private Yahoo account.

Yahoo suffered a massive data breach in 2013, which resulted in every email account held by the company being hacked.

As for Comey, Trump has butted heads with the former director since firing him last May.

Late last month, Trump dubbed him “leakin’ James Comey” in a tweet, an allusion to Comey providing notes he took surrounding a conversation with Trump to an associate with the goal of him providing it to the press.

Tuesday is not the first time that Trump has pushed for the Justice Department to take action against those whom he has been at odds with.

In November, he lamented during a radio interview with the Larry O’Connor Show that he was unable to be involved with the FBI’s decisions.

In an interview with The New York Times last week, Trump stuck a different tone, saying that he has the “absolute right” to do what he wants with the Justice Department, but that he has chosen to remain uninvolved in the FBI’s 2016 investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server while Secretary of State.

In 2016, Comey said that he would not recommend prosecuting Clinton for her actions, but Trump has since publicly cast doubt’s on the bureau’s conclusion.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Photo by Doug Christian

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday said former FBI Director James Comey made an error of judgment in announcing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not be charged for sending and receiving classified information on a private email server.

“I don’t think it’s been fully understood – the significance of the error that Mr. Comey made on the Clinton matter,” Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee during the annual oversight hearing for the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“For the first time I’m aware of in all of my experience … a major case in which DOJ prosecutors were involved in an investigation that an investigative agency announced the closure of an investigation,” he explained.

Comey in June told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the revelation of a private meeting in the summer of 2016 between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport is what motivated the public disclosure.

Eleven days before the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election, Comey sent a letter to several Congressional committees announcing that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation after having discovered more 600,000 emails of interest in an unrelated probe.

Two days before the election, Comey announced that the second probe reaffirmed his original decision not to charge Clinton.

Sessions told the Judiciary committee in his opening statement that he would not reveal the contents of private conversations that he may have had with President Donald Trump. Sessions held firm to that premise when asked whether he had discussed Comey’s May firing with Trump.

The committee also questioned Sessions about his meeting with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during last year’s presidential campaign. During his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions had denied speaking to Kislyak. After the meetings were later revealed, he recused himself from the probe into interference into the election by Russia.

Sessions said Wednesday that he did not recall any discussions about Trump’s campaign with Kislyak and denied meeting with any Russian officials to discuss coordination between the campaign and Russia.

 

WASHINGTON – Steve Bannon’s interview on 60 Minutes has left the White House at odds with its former strategist.

In today’s briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against Bannon’s claim that firing former FBI Director James Comey was the worst mistake in modern political history.

“The president was right in firing Director Comey. Since the director’s firing we’ve learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing,” Sanders said.

Sanders similarly rejected Bannon’s prediction that the GOP is poised to reach civil war over immigration policy.

“Steve always likes to speak in kind of the most extreme measures,” Sanders said. “I’m not sure that I agree with that.”

Sanders could not say if President Donald Trump watched the entire interview, but said that he has seen excerpts.

WASHINGTON – Former White House chief strategist Steven K. Bannon said President Donald Trump’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey constituted a remarkable error of judgment.

When Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes asked if the Comey firing was the worst mistake in political history, Bannon said, “that probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.”

Bannon went on to explain in the Sunday interview: “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May appointed Robert Mueller III as independent counsel in the Trump-Russia probe following two days of intense bipartisan criticism stemming from The New York Times reporting that Comey wrote a memo about a February meeting with the president.

During the meeting Trump told Comey that he hoped the Bureau would not pursue the investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s correspondence with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the retired lieutenant general’s reported business dealings with Russia media outlets. 

Comey in June told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authorized the leak of that memo to highlight the need for the appointment of an independent counsel.

WASHINGTON – Former FBI director James Comey has a new gig: Howard University has appointed him as the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the coming academic year, and he will deliver the keynote address at the opening convocation next month, the university announced on Wednesday.

Comey will formally welcome the Class of 2021 at the Sept. 22 convocation, which officially signals the beginning of the academic year at the prestigious historically black university in Washington, D.C.

As the holder of the King Chair, Comey will lead five lectures. He will announce the lecture topics after consulting with student leaders and other campus stakeholders, the university said in  statement.

Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said Comey’s “expertise and understanding of the challenges we continue to face today will go a long way in sparking rich discussion and advancing meaningful debates across campus.”

Comey will donate his entire King Chair salary of $100,000 to a Howard University scholarship fund designated for students coming from a foster home environment, the university said.

Comey said he is honored to hold the King Chair this school year. He said: “Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today.”

Comey served as the FBI’s seventh director from Sept. 4, 2013 until May 9 of this year, when President Donald Trump fired him. Comey previously served as a federal prosecutor and as both the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He has taught at the law schools at Columbia University and University of Richmond.

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Government and business leader Gwendolyn King and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Colbert King established the King Chair at their alma mater in 2008 with a $1 million donation to provide students access to public service executives who developed and advanced public policy initiatives.

WASHINGTON- House Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday requested the appointment of special counsel to probe potential misconduct by Democrats and former FBI Director James Comey during last year’s presidential election.

“We call on you to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath, including actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” said the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein in May following intense political fallout resulting from President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Comey-appointed Robert Muller III to investigate allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.

Mueller is not tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton and former Obama Administration officials.

Lynch last summer met privately with former president Bill Clinton aboard a private plane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport. Lynch was heavily criticized for creating what appeared to be an impression of impropriety given that meeting took place just days after Comey had announced that the Bureau would not charge Clinton for having sent and received classified information on a private email server.

Lynch later said that she and the 42nd president had merely engaged in a social visit in which they discussed their grandchildren.

Comey last month told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the revelation of the private meeting is what motivated him to tell the public that the Bureau would not pursue charges.

Lynch concurred with Comey’s recommendation that Clinton should not be charged.

However, 11 days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey sent a letter to several Congressional committees announcing that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation after having discovered more than 600,000 emails of interest in an unrelated probe.

Two days before the election, Comey announced that the second probe reaffirmed his original decision not to charge Clinton.

Clinton has blamed Comey and many others for her defeat to Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump on Monday said in a Tweet that former FBI Director James Comey may have violated national security by leaking sensitive information to the media.

Trump’s Tweet comes less than a day after The Hill reported that some of the memos Comey wrote documenting meetings between he and the President may have contained classified information. The Hill’s report is based on interviews with unnamed parties believed to have knowledge of the documents.

Comey last month told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authorized the leak of the existence of a memorandum documenting a February meeting with Trump in which Comey was allegedly asked to drop the Bureau’s investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey said the leak was coordinated through a Columbia Journalism professor and that the reason for the leak was to highlight the need for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Comey did not concede to leaking additional memos.

Comey did say that the memos were his personal property rather than government records.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey may have committed a crime if memos containing classified information were leaked.

“The boy scout, choir boy defense doesn’t hold up here because if it contains classified information, he is apparently violating, at the very least, what all FBI members sign-they sign a document saying you will not do something like this,” Conway told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

Conway compared Comey’s leak to Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email server while conducting government business.

“The irony to me, anyway … is that this is exactly the problem that Hillary Clinton had with her illegal server-the handling of classified and confidential information that Jim Comey was meant to investigate, if not prosecute,” she said.

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