Separately, the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to turn over any McCabe text messages in a final response to a September 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that Judicial Watch filed on behalf of Jeffrey A. Danik, a 30-year veteran, retired Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent, against the Department of Justice for records related to McCabe (Jeffrey A. Danik v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01792)). "Jim Comey knew that, and when President Obama went on television and said, 'There's no issue here, she didn't really intend to cause harm, ' what he was really saying in essence is, 'You'd better let her off, because if you wind up accusing her, you wind up accusing me'".
Trump added that he had "other concerns" about Flynn and felt like he had to fire him after Flynn purportedly misled Vice President Mike Pence over a phone call he had with the Russians during the transition phase.
Trickier is Comey's attempt to justify his actions surrounding the investigation of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and the private, unsecured server she used to communicate with staff on relatively high-level matters.
In a January 28, 2017, memo released Thursday, Comey said Trump castigated Flynn for not promptly scheduling a return phone call of congratulations from a foreign head of state. Comey said he did not comment at the time.
"Trump claimed vindication after the release of memos and said they "'show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION". "He had jeopardized the Department of Justice's credibility in the investigation", writes Comey.
What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they could position Trump.
"He told you he'd had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?" Expressing frustration over the leaks, in one of the memos Trump is suggesting jailing reporters to find out what they know.
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Comey recounted in his March 30 memo that Trump said he thought he would have won a Obamacare repeal vote if not for the cloud over Russian Federation.
Mr Trump appears to have seen off the worst of the dangers presented by Mr Comey, but the "cloud" he has governed beneath will hang heavy over the White House until all his legal woes are dealt with.
Attorney Michael Bromwich on Friday addressed an inspector general investigation that led to McCabe's firing last month on allegations that he had misled officials about a news media disclosure.
The disagreement involves conflicting recollections about a conversation the two men had after an October 2016 Wall Street Journal story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert, Comey said, "He's tweeted at me probably 50 times".
At the time, only FBI investigators knew that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had been told by a Russia-linked contact that Russian Federation possessed "thousands" of Clinton emails. McCabe is now facing a criminal referral over unauthorized leaks to the media and allegedly lying about it.