Here is a timeline and side by side look at what we know Trump was doing and tweeting and what James Comey was memorializing. Perhaps it will provide a bit of insight looked at in 20-20 hindsight.
Jan. 6, 2017: Comey and other intelligence officials travel to Trump Tower in New York to brief the president-elect on the intelligence community’s findings about Russian interference in the campaign. According to Comey’s prepared Senate testimony, he is chosen to inform Mr. Trump privately of salacious material gathered by athat the U.S. had not verified.
This is the first time Comey meets Mr. Trump.
On Jan. 7:
Trump tweeted: Intelligence stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results. Voting machines not touched! Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed! Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only “stupid” people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We…have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!
On Jan 8.
Before I, or anyone, saw the classified and/or highly confidential hacking intelligence report, it was leaked out to
@NBCNews. So serious!
We had a great News Conference at Trump Tower today. A couple of FAKE NEWS organizations were there but the people truly get what’s going on
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!
ON JANUARY 13, Trump tweets that he has ordered “his people” to do an investigation and
report to him w/in 90 days. @ mid April.
released by “Intelligence” even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!
Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists. Probably…
THEN, THIS HAPPENS ON JANUARY 26: YATES IS UPSET
Jan. 26, 2017
Yates called McGahn first thing that morning to tell him she had “a very sensitive matter” that had to be discussed face to face. McGahn agreed to meet with Yates later that afternoon. Later that day, Yates traveled to the White House along with a senior member of the DOJ’s National Security Division, who was overseeing the matter.
It was Yates’ first meeting with McGahn in his office, which also acts as a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF).
Yates said she began their meeting by laying out the press accounts and statements made by Vice President Mike Pence and other high-ranking White House officials about Flynn’s conduct “that we knew not to be the truth.”
She told McGahn how the DOJ acquired that information and walked through Flynn’s conduct “in a fair amount of detail.”
JANUARY 27: YATES RETURNS
Jan. 27, 2017
Yates’ second in-person meeting with McGahn happened the next day. McGahn called Yates in the morning and asked if she could come back to his office, and she returned that afternoon. One of the topics discussed was whether Flynn could be prosecuted for his conduct.
One of the questions McGahn asked Flynn was, “Why does it matter to DOJ if one White House official lies to another?” She explained that it “was a whole lot more than that,” and reviewed the same concerns they had outlined on Jan. 26.
McGahn expressed his concern that taking action might interfere with the FBI investigation of Flynn, and Yates said it wouldn’t. “It wouldn’t really be fair of us to tell you this and then expect you to sit on your hands,” Yates had told McGahn.
McGahn asked if he could look at the underlying evidence of Flynn’s conduct, and she said they would work with the FBI over the weekend and “get back with him on Monday morning.”
NEXT MOVE: TRUMP ASKS COMEY TO “DINNER”
COMEY’S DINNER DATE:
Jan. 27, 2017: Comey is invited to dinner at the White House with Mr. Trump. According to Comey’s account, he had expected others to attend, but found himself alone with the president in a dining room. Further, the dinner progressed into a “very awkward conversation,” with Mr. Trump telling Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” according to Comey, who “didn’t move, speak, or change” his facial expression “in any way during the awkward silence that followed.”
“We simply looked at each other in silence,” Comey says.
JAN 28: TRUMP TWEETS WITH CONFIDENCE
…dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST
@nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!
Feb. 13, 2017: Michael Flynn.
Feb. 14, 2017: Following a meeting in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump asks Comey to stay behind to “talk about Mike Flynn,” according to Comey’s testimony. Mr. Trump allegedly tells Comey that Flynn “is a good guy,” saying he hopes Comey “can let this go.” Comey is noncommittal and briefs senior FBI leadership on the “very concerning” interaction, Comey writes. Comey does not inform DOJ officials about what Mr. Trump said, but implored Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prevent future one-on-one discussions between the two, according to the testimony. Sessions does not reply, Comey says.
TRUMP RELATIVELY MUM
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
BUT AFTER THE NEWS BREAKS ITS A MORNING TWITTER STORM
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View – “The NSA & FBI…should not interfere in our politics…and is” Very serious situation for USA
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.
JUMPING AHEAD TO MARCH 30 COMEY DESCRIBED A TELEPHONE CALL FROM TRUMP
March 30 Phone CallOn the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.THE NEXT DAY (MORNING) TRUMP TWEETS:
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
LAST CONVERSATION on APRIL 11