Sunday, March 5, 2017

New York Times: Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

“Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law”

Robert Reich:

Breaking news: FBI direction James Comey yesterday asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s assertion that President Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones, senior officials said today. Comey told the Justice Department that the claim is false and must be corrected.

But so far the Justice Department has done nothing.

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t accede to Comey’s request, there’s no reason to believe Sessions will recuse himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – despite Sessions’ promise to do so.

But if the Justice Department does accede to Comey’s request, the Department (and presumably Attorney General Jeff Sessions) will be calling Trump a liar.

It’s a fitting test.

President Trump boarded Air Force One
on Sunday en route to Washington from 
a weekend visit to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. 
Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times