On Thursday, 15 pages of documents from former FBI Director James Comey’s memos on interactions that he had with President Donald Trump were released to the media after the Justice Department released them to Congress.
The Comey memos include documentation of seven conversations that Comey had with Trump, with the first conversation happening on January 7, 2017, and the last conversation happening on April 11, 2017.
Trump reportedly told Comey that he had serious reservations about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s judgment, saying during a private January 2017 dinner with Comey that “[Flynn] has serious judgment issues,” according to the memos obtained by the Associated Press.
Recalling the president’s comments about Flynn at the dinner, Comey wrote, “I did not comment at any point during this topic and there was no mention or acknowledgment of any FBI interest in or contact with General Flynn.”
Comey claims in his memos that at the private dinner, which came eight days after Trump was sworn in as president, Trump told him that he “needed loyalty and expected loyalty.”
In response to Trump’s alleged statement, Comey claims in his memos that he “did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which [Trump] noted because we came back to it later.”
Later at the dinner, Comey claims that Trump “turned to what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ and recounted much of what he had said previously on that topic. He repeated that it was a complete fabrication and ‘fake news.'”
Comey claims that he told Trump that one of the reasons that the FBI decided that the president should know about the allegations was that “CNN in particular, was telling us they were about to run with [the story].” Comey claims that Trump told him that it bothered him if his wife thought there was even a one-percent chance the allegations were true in any respect.
In another memo, dated February 8, 2017, Comey wrote that Trump allegedly “brought up the ‘Golden Showers thing,’” and said that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss Universe trip.
Trump allegedly told Comey that “‘the hookers thing’ is nonsense,” but that “Putin had told him ‘we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.’”
In a memo dated May 30, Comey wrote that Trump allegedly told him that he was “trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult.”
Trump again dismissed the idea that he ever made contact with hookers, saying that he had a beautiful wife and that the whole experience had been very painful. Comey claims that Trump asked him what he could do to lift the cloud from the Russia investigation, saying that the collusion allegations didn’t make any sense because he was bad for Russia as he was committed to producing more oil and rebuilding America’s nuclear arsenal.
Comey continued by writing that at the end of the conversation, “He said that he hadn’t brought up the McCabe thing because I had said that he was an honorable guy.”
One of the most important revelations in Comey’s memos, as noted by CNN, is the fact that “four of the notes are classified and have been partially redacted, and three of them are unclassified.” This is significant because Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley noted that Comey allegedly leaked four memos to his friend Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, which suggests that at least one of the memos that Comey leaked to Richman was classified.
Earlier this week an FBI agent in Minnesota pleaded guilty to leaking classified information to the media and now faces 3-5 years in federal prison.