Comey Dishes on Probes in Closed-Door Testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey says the FBI’s probe of Russia initially looked into the activities of four Americans. In newly released closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Comey said the counterintelligence investigation probed the four Americans with Trump campaign connections and their possible connections with efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, but he did not name who they were. Those investigations happened before the Steele Dossier came to light. Comey also denied having any personal connection with special counsel Robert Mueller, despite the insistence by President Trump that they’re practically golfing buddies.

—QUOTABLE: “I admire the heck out of the man [Mueller], but I don’t know his phone number, I’ve never been to his house, I don’t know his children’s names…” -Comey said, adding he has “never hugged or kissed the man…A relief to my wife.”

ALSO—Comey told the congressional panel during closed-door testimony on Friday that he ordered a leak probe into the FBI’s New York field office after he suspected agents were leaking top-level information to Trump supporter Rudy Guiliani. He suspected the leaking was happening after Guiliani made public statements indicating he had inside knowledge of the FBI probe at the time.

Former Official Took Rosenstein Comments Seriously

A former FBI official says he thinks Rod Rosenstein was serious about taping President Trump’s conversations and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Former FBI attorney James A. Baker told congressional investigators he conversation happened in May 2017 not long after Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Baker, however, did not attend the meeting and simply didn’t think the deputy AG was joking when he made the comments. Trump recently hinted he will not fire Rosenstein despite months of bad blood between the two over his role overseeing the Mueller Russia investigation.