James Comey said Trump had fired him to undermine FBI’s Russia investigation to know if Trump or his associates had links with Russia to change the outcome of November presidential election in Trump’s favor.
By Rakesh Raman
Although fired FBI director James Comey’s testimony Thursday in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is being observed as a first major step toward President Trump’s impeachment, the GOP has rejected Comey’s claims.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that Comey’s testimony proved what we have known all along: President Trump is not under investigation, there’s still no evidence of collusion, and he did not hinder the investigations in any way.
“The president was never under investigation. There’s been no obstruction of justice, no investigations have been impeded, and there’s been no proof of Russian collusion,” said McDaniel.
However, Comey said clearly that Trump had fired him to undermine FBI’s Russia investigation to know if Trump or his associates had links with Russia to change the outcome of November presidential election in Trump’s favor.
Last month, Trump had terminated the services of Comey and removed him from office. In his testimony, Comey accused Trump of interfering with FBI’s investigation aimed to find the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia in the November election.
Comey revealed that Trump had asked him to drop the investigation on former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign for his alleged ties with Russia. It is largely believed that if interrogated further Flynn might spill the beans about Trump’s secret deals with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin.
Although Comey did not conclude if Trump obstructed the justice by asking him to stop Flynn investigation, he suggested that the recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller will decided about the legal repercussion.
When Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked Comey if Trump misused his power to influence the Flynn investigation, the latter responded in the affirmative. Comey’s testimony is supposed to ring the death knell for Trump.
Although Trump had managed to attract voters with his sensational rhetoric, most believe he is not fit to become the President because of his uncivil language and unstable thoughts.
While Trump received majority of the 538 state-by-state electoral votes to win the presidency, his rival Hillary Clinton won 48.2% of the popular vote compared with 46.1% for Trump.
In other words, Clinton collected nearly 3 million more votes than what Trump got in the November election. But the U.S. election system declared Trump as the winner.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Trump has decided to nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the new FBI director.
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