Former FBI Director James Comey To Publicly Testify That Trump Pressured Him End His Russia Probe

CNN reports:

Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.

Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election.

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. Comey will likely sit down with Mueller, a longtime colleague at the Justice Department, for a formal interview only after his public testimony.

When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI’s investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign — the centerpiece of the probe, this source said.

  • matrem

    “Do you know that they do to soft, bald, overweight Republicans in prison, Ernest?”

    • Jonathan Smith

      nothing silly, they don’t go to prison. 🙂

    • in 12 years, have you ever seen a neighbor?!

      • matrem

        “She even paid for the hardware. Don’t you just love it!?”

        • You’re a fraud, Helen. You’re a walking lie, and I can see right through you!

          • matrem

            “Oh, gosh, I’m glad you came. I didn’t know if you would. I spoke to my PR woman and she said Madeleine Ashton goes to the opening of an envelope. Oh, those people can be so cruel!”

          • Do you remember where you parked the car?

          • matrem

            “You thought I was….cheap!”

  • Elagabalus

    OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE – IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE!

  • Boreal
    • McSwagg

      Possible subtext: Trump is the “Russian’s familiar” …

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Jonathan Smith
  • bkmn

    Expect more irrational crap from Hair Furor, and don’t be surprised if some of it will be to appease his fundie supporters. A cornered animal can be desperate.

    • Jonathan Smith

      just some?
      all.

  • Talisman

    So long, farewell,auf wiedersehen, good night…

  • Ross

    Oh dear.

    Trumpy bombs another country in 3, 2, 1…

    • james1200

      At this rate, he’s gonna have to bomb at least half of our country to survive.

      • Talisman

        Don’t give him ideas.

      • Ross

        A terrifying thought.

        Even more terrifying?

        I can see him doing just that.

        • james1200

          I remember a professor telling my poli sci class that Nixon may have briefly contemplated calling out the military near the end; I can only imagine what Trump is capable of.

    • coram nobis

      Or he pulls the plug on the Paris accord. That should be good for three days’ distraction, anyway.

      • Todd20036

        He already did that.

        • coram nobis

          Still has to make it official.

    • The_Wretched

      Where’s his approval rating? He doesn’t do bombs for distraction, he does it to bump approval.

  • james1200
    • kaydenpat

      We’re trying. Believe me!

      • james1200

        He’s begging for it, the little orange slut.

    • Todd20036

      Comey probably thought there really was something to Clinton’s emails at one point.
      Maybe he’s trying to do some sort of penance for helping to unleash this shit show.

      • james1200

        I think Comey is an honest bureaucrat, who was offended by Trump’s attempts to intimidate him. We should be happy we have a tradition of civil service and a technocratic class that manages the government and enforces the laws in our country, ’cause it makes it hard to get away with the bullshit you see in other countries, when we have hundreds of thousands of Comey’s in the government who worship the law and not individual leaders. I’m not happy with what Comey did to Hillary but I think he’s an honest man who’s doing what he honestly thinks is best for the FBI and the country.

      • andrew

        The enormity of his “sin” requires sack cloth, ashes, hair shirts and self flagellation at a minimum.

    • His Holy-Shit the Donald

      Sometimes, the “covfefe” is worse than the crime.

      Time for the president to be truly “unpresidented”

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  • SoCalGal20

    Welp, Kathy got fired from CNN’s NYE show so that’s all that really matters to Trumpland. /s

    (Excited for Comey’s testimony!)

    • It was an incredibly stupid bad-taste stunt on her part and not even remotely funny.

    • kaydenpat

      Kathy really messed herself up. Sigh.

      At least our side penalizes that type of behavior instead of cheering it on like Rightwingers.

      • andrew

        Kathy gave a sincere apology for that bad taste stunt. Good for her. Unfortunately too many of my fellow lefties who post on JMJ are defending that stunt by bringing up all the evils perpetrated by right wingers.

        • kaydenpat

          Good for her for sincerely apologizing. I hope she is able to move on and put this behind her. I have no problem calling out the Right on its hypocrisy even while admitting that Griffin may have gone over the line. We can do both at the same time.

  • Boreal
  • kaydenpat

    Good. Another shoe drops. What a corrupt administration!!

    • Smokey

      Seems like Imelda’s entire closet of shoes could tumble and the GOP’s in Congress will shrug their shoulders and say, “meh.”

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • Ninja0980

    Angry tweet storm in 3, 2, 1.

  • Rex

    Can we get past the ill advised pics, the late night tweet malfunctions, the brainless irony filled support statements and focus on what has been taking place – that our President IS a puppet for Putin and wants to do irreparable damage to our country? Please?

    • David L. Caster

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for the GOP controlled congress to act.

    • Gerry Fisher

      It’s gonna be a while. Hang in there, buddy.

  • Boreal
    • Lars Littlefield

      Remember clungeflaps? (sp) Now we have a picture of him.

      • djcoastermark

        Omg too good.I had forgotten all about that bacterial infection.

  • Jon Doh

    Whoda thunk a reputation for lying could bite you in the ass someday Mr. President?

  • Not exactly unsurprising. Donald himself basically confirmed at least twice that’s what he was trying to do, to obstruct the ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. First with Lester Holt, and then again with his Russian handlers in the Oval Office.

    The reason Comey can testify about this in a public hearing is because this is already public knowledge. He can’t, however, comment on anything that’s still confidential.

  • coram nobis

    The PBS NewsHour last night had an interview with two conservative commentators — from the Wall Street Journal and Newsmax (!!) — on how the Russia Thing is distracting from the wonderful work the madministration is doing. It was disorienting.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/can-trump-administration-advance-agenda-amid-turmoil/

    … from our studios in Washington, the PBS NewsHour for June 6, 1944.
    JUDY WOODRUFF: … for analysis, Mark Schieldze of the Völkische Beobachter and David Brüchs, columnist with Der Stürmer and a friend of Chancellor Hitler. Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome, gentlemen.
    MARK: Thank you, Judy.
    JUDY: So, with the D-Day thing under way, is this distracting from the Führer’s administration policies in Europe?
    DAVID: Indeed, Judy, his agenda is not functioning as well with all this controversy …

    • The_Wretched

      “liberal media”

  • i have little sympathy for Village life timers. sorry, but i don’t. he’s one of them, and now they’ve kicked him out. ooh! so, so very very sad for you, Honey. i’m sure you’ll take your Revenge where you can find it, and get a multimillion dollar tell tale book deal when all the dust settles.

    corruption corrupts. it’s infected every branch of our government. as citizens, we must accept this, and address it. appropriately. what that is i will get to later, as will most of you. it’s ugly.

    Comey is the very definition of the word i always have to have spellchecker fix for me: beu yer ro crat. if i were a native southern person i could say it better. but what is he, really? a self serving career servant who had more than one (probably more than ten) opportunities to save the Republic, and didn’t. because why? Village reasons. Personal reasons. Desires for a book deal, a lobbying job, a TV show…

    fuck these people. Comey knows all the dirt, he could bring it all down. ALL down. but he won’t, and 99% of the Village media? well, they say that’s “just the sensible thing to do, to be reasonable. give him a chance, to work thru approved channels, are you eating enough shit yet or should i fry you up some more with extra spicers, i mean spices?”

    Q1: is the president a traitor?
    A1: Yes.
    Q2: How do you know that?
    A2: /shoves mountain of evidence that would get a bluehaired granny convicted of being Scarface
    Q3: What should we, in the Federal intelligence and policing and military and legislative communities do about it?
    A3: YOUR FUCKING JOBS.
    Q4: ok, but can you give me $5,000 in a personal donation and make sure i have a slot on MSNBC next fall, on my own segment, like Cher has her stuff, or maybe even like whatshisname, the one with the bowtie?
    A4: in which CD blends a harmonious mix of Killing Tiger, Dreaming Dragons, Aliens 9.99999, The Matrix “The All Lesbian Version,” and April Fool’s Day, (which is one of the few slasher movies with a female killer), and of course, Spartacus. in 3D

    it costs less than your average Micheal Bay toilet paper commercial, Hollywood types. i can give you better than he can. i’ve blown more men than most of the men here, and that’s no idle boast. never for pay, just to brag. not that it was my favorite thing, but this time, in my dottage? i will. These are creds i’ve waited to use, for a long time.

    I know who you are. I know where you live.

    It’s the ‘real world’ yall perceive. prove me wrong. i dare you. We are coming for you, and not in the good way. Don’t say you were not warned. My friends here at JMG know I’m serious when I bother to capitalize properly even a few sentences in a blog post.

    Those are getting more frequent. Be Afraid.

    • CharlestonDave

      You might consider the French word, functionnaire. It means “bureaucrat” or “civil servant” but has a bit more negative connotation and Gallic disparagement built in than the American English word.

      • Westcoast88

        It’s fonctionnaire.

  • Dan M

    Well … confeve?

  • Rocco

    I’m sure Hair Furor’s diaper just had to changed…Lol. This is gonna be good!

    • David L. Caster

      But will it be enough?

      • Rocco

        Time will tell…

  • coram nobis

    Not entirely OT: The attack in Kabul may have targeted the German embassy …

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/31/kabul-bomb-it-felt-like-an-earthquake-then-everything-came-down

    … just at a time when it was considering an Allied request to increase its presence in Afghanistan …

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-merkel-germany-not-first-in-line-to-boost-troops-in-afghanistan-2017-5

    … where it took part because of Article V of NATO, not because it had any beef with the Afghans. Any major reax from Washington? Or do they still think the Germans are “bad” and NATO is not doing its part?

  • Adam King

    The only show that might ever induce me to watch CNN.

  • Silver Badger

    So treason it is. When can we sell positions on the firing squad?

  • another_steve

    The end approaches.

    Let’s drag it out, boys and girls.

    Let’s win back the House next year.

    • oh, my beloved Steve. can i even tell you about every man in my life named “Steve?” what fun stories there are. you and your faith that you still live in a democratic republic of laws. how i will titter at you, when they are hanging you, for not being supportive and understanding enough… how i will laugh. either from the gallows with you, or from the shadows of the alleys behind you, as i plan the daeths (sp on pur) while i watch you swing.

      Citoyen et Flame, check it out. it’s a movie. you should see it.
      Lonhienne. R. Sauvage. De Borié. J. Thonus de Belle- Houtain. flame. La Garde. De Brus, Avocat. · Cox. . G. d’Ardefpinne. La Haye , Citoyen. Evérard Beaujeau.

    • andrew

      and the Senate.

  • joe ho

    Still not holding my breath.

    For obstruction of justice intent matters.

    Trump team will claim he was just ignorant of how government works.

    • Canadian Observer

      Isn’t that his universal defence… that he doesn’t understand how anything works?

    • OdieDenCO

      ignorance of the law is no excuse.

      • joe ho

        it does in crimes involving intent.

  • Oh, Parker

    As I said when that news first broke, it’s the beginning of the end. Complete obstruction of justice. And now we add Jared’s Russia back channel revelations into the mix. This administration’s days are numbered.

  • andrew

    Wow. Comey is actually going to testify against the man that he helped make president.

  • TheManicMechanic

    “I don’t recall.” “I can’t remember…”

    We’ve been here before.

  • Dale Snyder

    Obstruction of Justice.

    Full Stop.