FBI Director Comey Publicly Conﬁrms the Existence of the Russia Investigation in Testimony Before HPSCI
The President Asks Comey to “Lift the Cloud” Created by the Russia Investigation ....................
Events Leading Up To and Surrounding the Termination of FBI Director Comey ..........................
Comey Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Declines to Answer Questions About Whether
President is Under Investigation ............. 62 2, The President Makes the Decision to Terminate Comey
Comey, former Director of the FBI, at 1-2); ‘03 Comey 1 1/15/17 302, at 3; Hearing on Russian Election
‘09 Comey ‘1/7/ 17 Memorandum, at 1 Comey began drafting the memorandum summarizing the meeting immediately
Comey would stay on as FBI director.
to dinner at the White House and said he was glad Comey wanted to stay on as FBI Director. 1“ Comey
1/7/17 Memorandum, at 1; Comey 1 1/15/17 302, at 3. ”2 Comey 1/7/ 17 Memorandum, at 1-2; Comey 11/15
responded, “You will always get honesty from me.”180 The 172 Comey 11/15/17 302, at 7; Comey 1/28/17
'76 Comey 1/23/17 Memorandum, at 4; Comey 1 1/15/17 302, at 7. ”7 Comey 1/28/17 Memorandum, at 4; Comey
1 l/15/ 17 302, at 7. ”8 Comey 1/28/ 18 Memorandum, at 2; Comey 11/15/17 302, at 7; Hearing on Russian
'79 Comey 1/28/17 Memorandum, at 3; Comey 11/15/17 302, at 7; Hearing on Russian Election Interference
'80 Comey 1/28/17 Memorandum, at 3; Comey 11/15/17 302, at 7; Hearing on Russian Election Interference
, “like gum on the bottom of your shoe.”223 Towards the end of the lunch, the President brought up Comey
The President told Christie to call Comey and tell him that the President “really like[s] him.
.227 Christie had no intention of complying with the President’s request that he contact Comey.228 He
11/ 15/17 302, at 9. 23" Comey 1 1/15/17 302, at 10; 2/14/17 Comey Memorandum, at 1; Hearing on Russian
shooed out “like Comey said” in his June testimony). 39
Comey, former Director of the FBI, at 6);, Comey 11/15/17 302, at 18. 362 Comey 3/30/17 Memorandum,
at 1; Comey 1 1/15/17 302, at 18. 363 Comey 3/30/17 Memorandum, at 1; Comey 11/15/17 302, at 18. 36"
Comey, former Director of the FBI, at 6). ‘ 366 Comey 3/30/17 Memorandum, at l ; Hearing on Russian
Comey, former Director of the FBI, at 6-7). 367 Comey 3/30/17 Memorandum, at 2; Boente 1/31/18 302,
call to Comey from 8:27 — 8:31 am); Comey 4/1 1/17 Memorandum, at 1 (“I returned the president’s call
interview that was taped early that afternoon, the President was asked if it was too late for him to ask Comey
a public announcement if the Department of Justice cleared it.3‘78 McGahn recalled that Boente said Comey
to do it because that action could prompt the 370 Comey 4/11/17 Memorandum, at 1. 37’ Comey 4/11/17
Memorandum, at 1. 372 Comey 4/11/17 Memorandum, at 1.
In a footnote to this statement in his memorandum, Comey wrote, “His use of these words did not ﬁt with
under investigation.410 Miller said he believed that fact was important to the President to show that Comey
such investigation.“ According to Miller, the President wanted to establish as a factual matter that Comey
“3 SCR013c_000003-06 (Draft Termination Letter to FBI Director Comey).
“4 SCR013‘c_000003-06 (Draft Termination Letter to FBI Director Comey).
“5 SCR013c_000003 (Draft Termination Letter to FBI Director Comey).
497 Analysis In analyzing the President’s decision to ﬁre Comey, the following evidence is relevant
The act of ﬁring Comey removed the individual overseeing the FBI’s Russia investigation.
The President knew that Comey was personally involved in the investigation based on Comey’s brieﬁng of
The President ﬁred Comey abruptly without offering him an opportunity to resign, banned him from the
have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it.”
Justice Attemey—WerlePredueH/ though McCabe told the President he had worked “very closely” with Comey
At (the time the President ﬁred Comey, a grand jury had not begun to hear evidence related to the Russia
On March 20, 2017, however, Comey had announced that the FBI was investigating Russia’s interference
In addition, at the time the President ﬁred Comey, evidence indicates the President knew that Flynn was
Substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the President’s decision to ﬁre Comey was Comey’
cited Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, and the President told McCabe he ﬁred Comey
well known to the President at the time he assumed ofﬁce, and the President had made it clear to both Comey
and the President’s senior staff in early 2017 that he wanted, Comey to stay on as director.
evidence suggests that the President heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Comey, and Sanders
, against the advice of senior aides, and told Comey he needed Comey’s “loyalty.”
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