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PoliticsComey: I'm not rooting for Mueller to demonstrate Trump is a criminal

22:50  21 march  2019
22:50  21 march  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Trump intensifies effort to discredit Mueller report

Trump intensifies effort to discredit Mueller report President Trump's comments came as special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to soon deliver a report to the Justice Department.

Comey: I'm not rooting for Mueller to demonstrate Trump is a criminal© Stefani Reynolds Comey: I'm not rooting for Mueller to demonstrate Trump is a criminal Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday that he doesn't care whether special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation implicates President Trump, only that the probe is allowed to finish.

"I'm not rooting for Mr. Mueller to demonstrate that he is a criminal," Comey wrote, referring to Trump. "I'm also not rooting for Mr. Mueller to 'clear' the president. I'm not rooting for anything at all, except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever cases warrant charging and report on his work."

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James Comey: What I Want From the Mueller Report I am rooting for a demonstration to the world that the United States justice system works.

Comey, who has emerged as a vocal critic of Trump, wrote in the piece that he doesn't know - or care - what the results will be from the nearly two-year probe into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia during the 2016 election.

"I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent," he wrote. "I also don't care."

"I am rooting for a demonstration to the world - and maybe most of all to our president and his enablers - that the United States has a justice system that works because there are people who believe in it and rise above personal interest and tribalism," he added.

Barr authored memo last year ruling out obstruction of justice

Barr authored memo last year ruling out obstruction of justice Nearly a year before his letter Sunday telling lawmakers he did not believe President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, Attorney General William Barr authored a memo saying he thought the obstruction investigation was "fatally misconceived." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Barr, then a private citizen and former attorney general to President George H. W. Bush, issued the memo to senior Justice Department officials in June 2018.

Comey in his op-ed also condemned Trump's attacks on the federal probe, the early portions of which Comey led as FBI director before being fired in 2017. Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the probe shortly after Comey's dismissal.

Comey wrote that it is deeply "concerning that the president of the United States would try to protect himself by torching the institutions of justice." He also reiterated his position that he hopes Trump is not impeached.

Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, including whether there was coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump has regularly bashed the investigation and criticized it as a "witch hunt."

Judge orders Justice Dept. to turn over Comey memos.
A federal judge has ordered that the James Comey memos are turned over, in a court case brought by CNN and other media organizations for access to the documents memorializing former FBI Director's interactions with President Donald Trump. Much from the memos has been released publicly, but some parts remain redacted. The Justice Department has said these redactions obscure information about intelligence gathering regarding foreign relations -- and some parts could reveal whether foreign surveillance was used to gather information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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