James Comey Memos: 'Vladimir Putin Boasted About Russian Prostitutes to Donald Trump'

Key figures in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee disagrees, saying the memos prove President Trump interfered in a "blatant effort to deny justice".

"And he leaked four memos, at least one of which was classified, to a friend for publication instead of turning them over to investigators".

Much of the information contained in the memos was already public prior to Thursday's release, but the documents are nevertheless striking to read in their entirety. President Trump was concerned about Andrew McCabe and twice asked Comey whether McCabe was hostile to him.

US President Donald Trump suggested Friday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Jame Comey's decision to leak classified data illegally in order to prompt a special counsel probe into Russian Federation meant that the appointment was made "based on an illegal act".

"Referral of Comey due to transmitting classified info was justified and this IG action is probably just the beginning", DeSantis wrote on Twitter following Friday's news of the DOJ probe into Comey.

On Friday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom", Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz argued that former FBI Director James Comey's memos aren't incriminating and "will help, not hurt the president if he were to face any kind of legal charges".

"First, I want to get your take on the breaking news that we learned today, the fact in the DNC is suing the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks for meddling in the USA election".

"He told you he'd had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?"

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Amid the string of insults, Comey said in a BBC interview that aired Thursday night that he did not dislike Trump but rather felt "sorry for him as a person".

"Since Jeff Duncan knows he can't win in 2018 based on his lack of accomplishments during his time in Congress, he's trying to deflect the voters' attention by talking about Hillary, James Comey, and anyone who has ever tried to hold Trump accountable". I don't think so!

Comey went on to say that Trump had a "corrosive" and "staining" effect on his employees, and the nation as a whole.

According to Comey's account of Trump's story, Trump was giving a toast to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and explained she had been the first to congratulate him after he won the presidency.

Comey continued, "I laughed as I walked to the door Reince Priebus had opened".

The disagreement involves conflicting recollections about a conversation the two men had after an October 2016 Wall Street Journal story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Mr Trump's team said that Mr Giuliani's aim was to "resolve" the Mueller investigation as quickly as possible. Comey assured Trump that McCabe is as honest as the day is long-like everyone else at the FBI!-and totally above politics.

The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that McCabe misled officials under oath about authorizing the disclosure. Comey told him that he needed to take this up with the acting Attorney General Dana Boente.

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