Trump also raised eyebrows when he acknowledged that Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer, represented him in dealings with Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had a sexual relationship with the president in 2006. The pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.
The Comey memos, released April 19, reveal more about former FBI Director James Comey than they do about President Donald Trump. James Comey can't define what a leak is. Let's look at the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Trump angrily castigated the Justice Department, saying it should be investigating his enemies, not him. "It created for me as a prosecutor or investigator a tremendous sense of empathy". Strzok had risen to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division before he was moved to the Human Resources department last summer.
A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News in July that Page was only on staff for a 45-day detail and, upon concluding work, returned to the FBI's Office of the General Counsel.
Trump scored two legal own-goals that could make it more hard to fend off Mueller and a separate FBI investigation into his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. People don't realize, you know, if you go back to the Civil War, it was the Republicans that really did the thing.More news: Donald Trump demands Sen. Tester resign after VA fight
After the smoke cleared, Doocy quipped, "You know, I think he was awake", as his co-hosts chuckled uncomfortably. It's hard to understand why his civic duty to share the troubling things Trump said to him in confidence as FBI director didn't kick in until he was no longer collecting a federal paycheck.
Page, who has "deep experience [in] money laundering and organized crime cases", was removed from the investigation in September 2017. "He's not making up the fact that they called up Cheryl Mills and said, "Hey Cheryl, what time can we come over and you hand over the emails you want us to have?'"
"This is a big mistake, this book", Trump said. "I think I put in the book the proverb, 'Only the guilty flee where no man pursues.' And so that struck me". He repeatedly faced criticism from Trump.
Comey caused content from the memos to reach the New York Times and wrote about them in his bestselling book, A Higher Loyalty. Trump asked in a December 2017 tweet. However, he was ultimately fired before he was set to leave his post.
This morning's spectacle underscores the reason that every reputable white-collar attorney in the country has been politely declining the opportunity to represent Donald Trump of late: The prestige normally associated with representing a sitting president isn't worth the hassle of managing a client who keeps incinerating carefully crafted defense strategies on live national television. Trump has questioned McCabe's ability to be impartial in the FBI's Trump-Russia probe.