Holy shit! Is this man actually threatening the man he just fired as the head of the FBI?James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
This has to be in response to the New York Times article that claims Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty:
As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him.
Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense.
By Mr. Comey’s account, his answer to Mr. Trump’s initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty.
Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him “honesty” and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation.
But Mr. Trump pressed him on whether it would be “honest loyalty.”
“You will have that,” Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.
To me this sounds as if Trump was trying to pressure Comey into sabotaging the Russia probe and to instead agree to protect Trump from possible prosecution or impeachment.
Of course the White House is denying this account. (Of course.)
One has to wonder if part of Trump's concern is over the fact that Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee nest Tuesday?
Courtesy of Second Nexus:Sen. Mark Warner says he and Chmn. Burr have invited James Comey to testify before the Senate Intel Committee on Tuesday. — via @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/4zmnh8vQWs— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 10, 2017
A day after being fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey was invited to testify in closed session in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday, May 16. The invitation was extended by both the committee’s Republican Chair, Senator Richard Burr, as well as its Democratic ranking member, Senator Mark Warner.
I am hoping like hell that Comey takes them up on this.
Clearly he has much to share, and now without the constraints of being the actual director of the FBI he might be a little more forthcoming than he was during his last appearance before the Senate.
I still assume that he cannot share classified information, however he should feel more free to share information about conversations he had with Trump, or with Trump associates.