Report: Comey Will Testify Trump Pressured Him To End Flynn Investigation

Report: Comey Will Testify Trump Pressured Him To End Flynn Investigation

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Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly plans to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump pressured him to end the Russia investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

CNN reported Wednesday “a source close to the issue” conveyed that no date has been set for the public testimony, but it may be as soon as next week.

“Comey has spoken privately with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to work out the parameters for his testimony to ensure there are no legal entanglements as a result of his public account, a source said,” according to the news outlet.

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Earlier this month, Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., who is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said that if Comey believed Trump was pressuring him to end an FBI investigation, rather than just expressing his hope or desire, the director had a legal duty at that time to report the matter.

“We do know from press accounts that there was ambiguity about the conversations. If this was as serious as it is now being made out to be, why has Director Comey been so silent for the last two months?” King said on Fox News.

King said Comey, who had just testified before both the House and Senate intelligence committees at the end of April, “had an obligation to report that,” if it did occur.

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King also said acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe had just recently testified before the senate there have been no attempts by the White House to impede the Russia investigation.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked McCabe on May 11, “Has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any of the work, any of the investigations or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigations?”

McCabe responded, “As you know senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

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Critics of the president believe any effort by Trump to get Comey to end the Flynn investigation constitute an obstruction of justice, and therefore, grounds for impeachment.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley argued in an op-ed published by The Hill earlier this month that the New York Times report of Comey memo chronicling a February meeting when Trump allegedly asked the former FBI director to end the Flynn investigation, even if true, is not grounds for impeachment.

Turley wrote the case for obstruction of justice is “awfully thin soup.”

He argued “whether it is a memorandum for record or a diary entry, one-sided accounts of conversations generally fall short of compelling evidence with this type of history of tension” between the two men.

“Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office,” Turley said. “Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report (of a supposed Comey memo), the response was a chorus of breathless ‘gotcha’ announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.”

He added, “The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case.”