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The former FBI-Director James Comey told lawmakers that then-Acting Attorney General Dana Boente President Trump requests responded to for the a Department of justice statement that he is not under investigation at the beginning of 2017, with the words: “in substance,” Oh, God, I had hoped, released the would way,'” according to a transcript on Tuesday.
Comey responded to questions from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has pointed out that Comey refers repeatedly to “the fact that they are not the investigation of the President” in the notes formed the basis of his recently published book, “A Higher loyalty.”
“The President is pretty clear that he would love for you to have made this information available to the public, not informed the American people that the President, the President, the type that you chose, was the subject of the investigation,” said Jordan, during Monday’s hearing. “Why didn’t you do that? Why would you not just tell the American people he is not being investigated?”
Comey replied that he had not made such a statement “without the consent and direction by the leadership of the Department of Justice” and added that “to say that would have been publicly significant consequences, both in terms of the creation of a duty to correct and potentially misleading.”
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According to Comey, trump initially, his request for a supporting statement in a telephone conversation on 30. In March 2017.
“I gave his request to the acting Attorney General [Boente],” Comey said. “I don’t hear it again.”
Comey said Trump formulates his request in a telephone call less than two weeks later.
“[The President] says, ” What did you do with what I had asked?'” Comey, the legislator said. “I told him I had it to the acting Attorney General. And we had said a conversation where he was, he understood, the way to go.”
After the call, Comey said his chief of staff called Boente said: “The President just called. Want to know what happened with the thing.”
“And Mr. Boente’s reaction was, God, in substance,” Oh, I was hoping the would be gone.'” Comey concluded.
Comey added that the matter again came before Trump fired him on 9. In may of this year.
Monday interview, Comey was the second of two closed doors encounters for ten days lie between the former FBI chief and the Republican-led house judiciary and Oversight and government Reform Committee. The plates are wrapping up a year-long investigation by the Ministry of justice of actions before and after the 2016 presidential elections.