James Comey Memos Released April 19 2018

Memos written by the former FBI director, James Comey, were released on Thursday April 19 2018 revealed several new details about his relationship with President Trump and the president’s first chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

Extracts from the memos are as follows:

Comey to McCabe/Baker and Rybicki on Jan 7 2017:

“He began by telling me that I had had one heck of a year but that I had conducted myself honorably and had a great reputation.”

“He said he thought very highly of me and looked forward to working with me, saying he hoped I planned to stay on. I assured him I intended to stay. He said good.”

“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013. He interjected, “there were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes.” He then said something about him being the kind of guy who didn’t need to “go there” and laughed (which I understood to be communicating that he didn’t need to pay for sex).” He said “2013” to himself, as if trying to remember the period of time, but didn’t add anything.”

James Comey memo from 7 Jan 2018 - I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow. Caricature cartoon APT

Comey on Jan 28 2017

“At various times, he talked about the inauguration crowd size, the campaign and his effective use of free media, the extraordinary luxury of the White House, his many activities during the day and week, his young son’s height, the viciousness of the campaign, how he had not been mocking a handicapped reporter, had not assaulted any of the women who claimed he did ad many other things.”

“He would understand if I wanted to walk away given all I had been through, although he thought that would be bad for me personally because it would look like I had done something wrong, that he of course can make a change at the FBI if he wants, but he wants to know what I think.”

“I said I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves. But I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in that traditional political sense.”

“He replied that he needed loyalty and expected loyalty. I did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which he noted because we came back to it later.”

“He asked me (and asked again later) whether “your guy McCabe” has a problem with me, explaining that “I was pretty rough on him and his wife during the campaign.” I explained that Andy was a true professional and had no problem at all.”

Comey on Feb 14 2017

“He then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying that Flynn is a good guy, and has been through a lot. He misled the Vice President but he didn’t do anything wrong in the call. He said “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.” I replied by saying, “I agree he is a good guy,” but said no more.”

In response to the release of the memos, Trump tweeted:

“James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?”

The memos were reviewed by Justice Department officials before being released.

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