Timeline items involving James Comey
(Timeline last updated: July 8, 2017)
James Comey sent a letter to congress regarding the alleged Clinton Email scandal.
*To date there have been charges against Clinton, and at the time of this note the case is no longer under investigation. There is much debate that this announcement was a significant factor in Clinton’s losing the presidential election. NPR, NYT, 538, Atlantic
Trump says that “it took guts” for Mr. Comey to make the email announcement.
Two days before the election James Comey states that the ‘additional emails’ did not change the original FBI’s conclusions of July 2016.
Comey went to Trump Tower to brief President Elect Trump on the findings of the intellegence community regarding Russian attemps to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election.
Comey documented the conversation.
Sally Yates and other intelligence officials debate what to do with information they had collected on Michael Flynn.
Clapper and Brennan made the case to Comey for informing the Trump team about Flynn
FBI Director Comey argues against notifying Trump officials regarding the communications. Arguing the FBI shouldn’t be the truth police.
Comey drops his opposition to informing the Trump administration.
Comey told FBI personel he was asked to stay on as FBI director by President Trump.
At a dinner in the Green Room, Trump, is alleged to have told Comey that, ” I need loyalty, I expect loyalty”.
In his Senate testimony Comey details Trump’s affirmation that Flynn had done nothing wrong. Quoting Trump, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey wrote memo regarding Flynn conversation, and discussed concerns with FBI leadership.
Full transcript of Senate testimony at: https://www.vox.com/2017/6/7/15758258/comey-testimony-senate-intelligence
Comey restates that the Trump wiretap claim has no basis
In addition to request regarding the Russia probe, Trump requested Comey to announce that he (Trump) was not under investigation.
On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.
He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.
That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.