Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump broke with longstanding White House protocol when he reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to go easy in his investigation of Michael Flynn, according to lawyers who served as attorney general and chief White House adviser under prior administrations.
Asked at a Wednesday conference if he could hypothetically conceive of a similar conversation between former President George W. Bush and a top law enforcement official about an ongoing criminal investigation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was emphatic.
“One-word answer: No,” Mukasey said.
Neil Eggleston, former President Barack Obama’s White House counsel during the last years of his administration, responded similarly.
“The White House stays out of criminal investigations, full stop. Full stop,” Eggleston said. “Never did it. Full stop. Never got involved.”
Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials until Trump fired him last week. In February, a day after ousting Flynn, reportedly for misleading the vice president about previous contacts with the Russian ambassador, Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn, according to news reports citing a Comey memo on the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to a bombshell report published Tuesday in The New York Times detailing the memo the former FBI director wrote after meeting Trump.
Mukasey suggested that the informal nature in which Trump appears to have approached Comey and intervened on behalf of Flynn is not how things […]