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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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WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump claimed in a Fox and Friends interview that aired Friday morning that while he did not personally tape his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he believed he may have been surveilled by unknown outside sources.

“You never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that were doing all of this unmasking and surveilliance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the- and horrible situation of surveillance all over the place,” Trump said in an interview taped Thursday. “So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape.”

This is not the first time that Trump has suggested he has been surveilled without providing evidence.

In March, Trump tweeted that he had been wiretapped by Obama prior to the election.

When pressed, the White House pointed to a series of media reports suggesting that Trump’s associateds were under surveillance from the intelligence community and former House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes claimed that either the president or his associates were identified in NSA transcripts of conversations among foreign nationals.

However, there was no proof to back up the specifics of Trump’s claim.

Trump acknowledged on Twitter Thursday that he did not have any tapes of him and Comey and hinted at the potential surveillance he elaborated on in the interview.

In the Fox and Friends interview, Trump suggested that the possibility of tapes, one that he raised in a tweet shortly after Comey was terminated from his position, may have changed Comey’s account of events.

The president did not, however, say what may have changed, only saying that investigative reporting may uncover more.

Trump also appeared to agree with Fox host Ainsley Earhardt’s suggestion that his initial tweet was intended to keep Comey honest before he shared his accounts of conversations with lawmakers.

“It wasn’t very stupid, I’ll tell you that,” Trump said.

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday that he does not possess tapes of his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, despite suggesting in a tweet last month that they may have existed.

Shortly after terminating Comey, Trump tweeted that Comey should hope there are no tapes before he leaks to the press.

The White House initially declined to clarify the tweet, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer telling reporters that the tweet spoke for itself and was not intended to be a threat.

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month that he had made memos of conversations with the president immediately after they took place.

In one, which Comey acknowledged that he provided to a Columbia Law Professor to share with the media, the former Director charged that Trump had urged him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviseer Michael Flynn.

Emphasizing his certainty in the accuracy of the depiction of the conversation, Comey told lawmakers that he hoped the tapes did, in fact, exist.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said.

Trump told reporters earlier this month that he intended to make an announcement on the tapes, but coyly noted that the media would be disappointed by his answer.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump may finally confirm by the end of the week whether tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey exist, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.

“It’s possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week,” Spicer said in an off-camera briefing.

Spicer’s comment comes the day after Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s personal legal team, told CBS’ Face the Nation that Trump would likely comment on the potential tapes by the end of the week.

Shortly after Comey was terminated from his position, Trump hinted in a tweet that their conversations may have been recorded and that Comey should therefore avoid leaking to the press.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this month, Comey said that he based his decision to circulate a memo of a conversation between the president and himself off the tweet.

According to Comey’s written testimony to the committee, the memo detailed what the then-director felt was a request from the president to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey told lawmakers that he hoped the tapes did exist since he was confident they would corroborate his memo.

In a Rose Garden news conference following Comey’s testimony, Trump said that an announcement on the tapes would be coming soon, but coyly added that it would likely leave the media “very disappointed.”

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said former FBI Director James Comey was wrong to leak the memo documenting a February meeting with President Donald Trump.

During that meeting Comey allegedly asked to drop the Bureau’s investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“What is problematic is to talk … about ongoing investigations that are not properly cleared through top levels of the Department of Justice,” Sessions told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a hearing on Tuesday.

Comey last week told the committee that he authorized the leak of a memo documenting the meeting in which Trump made that request so as to highlight the need for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Several days after The New York Times reported the existence of the memo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – under intense bipartisan political pressure – appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller III as independent counsel in the Trump-Russia probe.

Comey testified last week that during the meeting in which Trump allegedly asked him to drop the Flynn investigation, Sessions had left the room. Comey then said he requested that Sessions never again leave him alone with Trump.

Sessions told the committee that Comey’s concern pertained to the protocol though which the Department of Justice communicated with the White House.

Sessions refused to answer many of the committee’s questions about conversations he is believed to have had with Trump as, in the attorney general’s opinion, doing so would violate executive privilege.

Sessions said only the president has to power to invoke executive privilege but explained that neither he nor Trump had decided to do so.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he would be “one hundred percent” willing to challenge former FBI Director James Comey’s recent testimony under oath.

During an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey told the panel that Trump pressed him in a private meeting to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and asked him in a separate meeting to promise him loyalty.

Trump claimed that the conversations did not take place as Comey depicted, and noted that he would be able to say as much under oath with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

“I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you,” Trump said during a joint press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden with Romanian Prime Minister Klaus Iohannis.

The president noted that if he had, in fact, asked Comey to drop the investigation, there would be nothing wrong with it based on “everybody that I’ve read today.”

Trump suggested in a tweet in May that there may be tapes of the conversations between Comey and himself.

When asked Friday if the tapes existed, Trump coyly said that he will address it “maybe sometime in the very near future.”

The president would not clarify when, but added “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”

Comey told lawmakers Thursday that he hoped that the conversations between the two men were taped.

While Comey largely painted a picture of an unethical president on Thursday, Trump said he felt vindicated by the former director’s testimony.

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said.

Comey would not say if he believed there was collusion between Trump and the Russian government or whether Trump obstructed justice, noting that both questions would be better answered in Mueller’s investigation.

 

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump turned to Twitter Friday to claim “total and complete vindication” following James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee the day prior, going on to label the ousted FBI Director as a “leaker.”

Comey acknowledged in his back-and-forth with the committee that he had provided a professor at Columbia Law School with details of an unclassified memo in hopes that he would share it with the media.

The goal, according to Comey, was to prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

It’s unclear if the president was referring to Comey’s testimony with his description of “false statements and lies,” a charge that would carry extra weight considering that Comey was under oath.

Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz was more clear, however.

On Thursday, Kasowitz delivered a statement denying key portions of Comey’s testimony, including the former director’s claim that Trump pushed him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and asked for Comey’s loyalty.

Trump’s tweet ended a nearly two day silence on social media, an uncharacteristic length for a president who usually offers his snap judgment of major events.

Trump is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis.Friday afternoon, where he will likely face questions on Comey’s Capitol Hill appearance.