A top government watchdog group has released a batch of emails showing fired FBI Director James Comey consulted with Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his Russia testimony.
According to Judicial Watch, who obtained the emails through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, the emails show senior FBI officials told Comey to seek Mueller’s advice before “any congressional committee” about President Donald Trump’s campaign allegedly colluding with the Russia government in the 2016 presidential election.
The emails also show that Comey was advised to seek Mueller’s counsel on the “circumstances” surrounding his firing by Trump.
Trump fired Comey in May of 2017. One month later, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. These emails strongly imply that Comey was coordinating and speaking with Mueller before his testimony about what to say regarding the Trump-Russia collusion theories.
These documents show that James Comey, who was fired by the @realDonaldTrump, nevertheless had easy, friendly access to the FBI as he prepped his infamous anti-Trump testimony to the Senate. @JudicialWatch
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 10, 2018
In one email chain dated May 19, 2017, Comey’s then Chief of Staff, James Rybicki, sent an email chain to then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, and others that said: “Please see a DRAFT response to Director Comey (below). I will hold pending further direction….”
The email states:
In response to your emails below we have consulted with executive management here, including the General Counsel, and recommend the following:
That your counsel convey any acceptance or declinations to invitations to testify directly to the Committees.
That your counsel consult with Special Counsel Mueller to determine the timing of any such testimony and, [Emphasis added]
The Office of General Counsel stands ready to discuss with you in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel, institutional privileges or prerogatives that may be presented by any such testimony.
The emails, along with news reports, also reveal that Comey met with Mueller prior to his June 8, 2017, testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and, according to Judicial Watch, that testimony was coordinated with Mueller.
Here’s where it gets very interesting.
During Comey’s testimony, he testified that he leaked memos that he took while leading the FBI — which detailed private conversations he had with Trump — to a friend and instructed him to give them to The New York Times. The left-leaning paper then published a report detailing the memos, which claimed Trump was erratic and likely obstructing justice.
Comey testified that he leaked the memos specifically with the intent of having a special counsel appointed.
As noted by Judicial Watch, here’s the timeline:
May 17, 2017 — Comey was notified to appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee.
On May 18 and 19, 2017, an email chain with the subject line “Future testimony” shows former Comey FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Assistant Director Gregory Brower, Comey and others discussing Comey’s upcoming testimony
May 18 at 6:30 pm, Comey sent an email to Rybicki confirming that he had accepted the invitation to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Judicial Watch FOIA DOJ emails reveal… https://t.co/NtFG0UBiZL
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 10, 2018
Why was Comey advised to speak with Mueller before his testimony? Did Mueller know or tell Comey to leak the memos? Why hasn’t this been reported by anyone? What did Mueller and Comey talk about?
Comey and Mueller colluding behind the scenes is very, very concerning.
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