James Comey's Memos On His Interactions With President Trump Are Out

U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington DC

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charged on Thursday night that the Comey memos showed Trump's "contempt for the rule of law."

Trump questioned Flynn's judgment while telling an anecdote about the foreign leaders who had called Trump to congratulate him after his inauguration.

Select lawmakers have been allowed to view redacted versions of the memos at the Justice Department. And in that same speech, he made light of the Trump-prostitute allegation, saying Trump had met the most attractive women in the world and so had no need for Moscow prostitutes, adding that "they are also the best in the world". "Will the Witch Hunt continue?"

Three Republican House committee chairmen said Thursday the leaked memos of James Comey proved the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director "never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened" by President Donald Trump. The move came in response to a request for the memos from House Republicans. But they are believed to be key evidence in a possible obstruction of justice case against Mr. Trump being pursued by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The memos show that the "cloud" Trump told Comey he wanted lifted referred to the salacious and unproven allegations in the opposition research dossier, they say.

Trump, according to the memos, repeatedly denied the allegations and prodded Comey to help disprove them, while also recalling being told by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia has the most lovely prostitutes.

He mentions Christopher Steele just four times, in passing; the closest Comey gets to issuing a judgment on the dossier's worth is when he writes that he told President Barack Obama that Steele's assembly contained "some wild stuff".

Further, Comey's memos indicated he was "willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss".

"This isn't [redacted] we are talking about", Trump said, according to Comey.

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Comey, who served three presidents, said he took the unusual action because he feared Trump would "lie" about their interactions.

The memos reveal that days before Flynn's firing, then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked Comey if Flynn's communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant.

ABC News obtained copies of the memos, which are partially redacted, on Thursday after the Justice Department turned over 15 pages of declassified material to Congress.

They include notes of conversations about the Trump Tower briefing on the Russian Federation allegations, on a private White House dinner, and on controversial meetings during which Comey says Trump asked for his loyalty and for him to end the Flynn investigation.

Trump's complaints about the "cloud" hanging over him thanks to the Russian Federation investigation were also included in the memos. The memos detail various meetings with Trump, both in person and over the phone, and go into great detail about conversations between the two before Trump ultimately fired Comey.

Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated objective of spurring the appointment of a Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of a Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Comey told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday that he felt it necessary to prompt a special counsel because he thought leadership at the Justice Department "would not be aggressive enough" and specifically cited a lack of confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of his reasoning.

Boyd writes that the department "consulted the relevant parties" and concluded that releasing the memos would not adversely affect any ongoing investigations. And Comey has a riveting story to tell, one that adds novelistic detail and self-justifying context to the role Comey played in electing and then investigating Donald Trump.

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