Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing

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Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing

By
Patrick Martin

16 April 2018

The legal and political infighting within the US government is reaching a new point of explosion as President Trump threatens former FBI Director James Comey with imprisonment, while his own personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is set to appear in court Monday to face an array of criminal allegations from the FBI.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump declared that Comey deserved jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress. This came less than 48 hours before Comey’s memoir of his years in the Justice Department and FBI, including the barely 100 days he served in the Trump administration, hits the shelves in bookstores throughout the United States.

The combination of media promotion of Comey—a series of network and cable television interviews, including an hour-long session with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Sunday night—and the negative attention supplied by Trump, Fox News and the Republican Party, has pushed Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty, to the top of the best-seller list even before its publication.

Trump’s tweets also contained increasingly incendiary charges against his Democratic Party opponents. He asked, “Why can’t we all find out what happened on the tarmac in the back of the plane,” referring to the June 2016 meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, one month before the Justice Department cleared Hillary Clinton of criminal charges in the investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state. “Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG [another term as attorney general], in order to lay off Hillary.”

The US president also returned to the raid conducted by the FBI…

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