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Guess What? Trump Asked Comey to Investigate His Campaign

Basically, that’s the thrust of one of James Comey’s memos.

It appears more and more that there is a good reason why it has not been leaked that there is any evidence of collusion. Because there is none.

It seems that the correct version of events is that Trump’s main concern was whether or not he was being investigated. That he wasn’t trying to cover anything up, and that he fired Comey for the reason that has been reported – he was furious he couldn’t get him to publicly state the truth, that he was not under investigation.

Of course, the reason Comey would not say so has everything to do with James Comey. He had already come under criticism for reopening the Clinton investigation, and he didn’t want to experience another torrent of abuse should he have to reverse himself again and say Trump had come under investigation.

From the website Law & Crime:

One particular conversation between Trump and Comey (page 13 of the memos) was highlighted by Trump describing the Russia investigation as a “cloud” that was making it difficult for him to do his job. Trump even asked what he could do to lift the cloud. Now, that doesn’t look great on its own, but in the context of the conversation, we now know Trump was more specifically worried about people having the impression that he himself was under investigation, which was not the case at the time. Comey makes it clear to Trump that he is not under investigation, and Trump apparently asked Comey several times to make that fact known.

The most important part of the conversation comes towards the end of Comey’s account. The memo says:

“He said that if there was “some satellite” (NOTE: I took this to mean some associate of his or of his campaign) that did something, it would be good to find that out, but that he hadn’t done anything, and hoped I would find a way to get out that we weren’t investigating him.”

So not only does the full account of the conversation indicate that Trump’s main concern was people’s perception of him, not the investigation itself, it also shows that he endorsed the idea of investigating people related to him and his campaign.

2 Responses to Guess What? Trump Asked Comey to Investigate His Campaign

  1. Years ago I cracked wise that Donald Trump and I had two things in common as reasons he wouldn’t enter the race for POTUS: neither of us want to give up our current lifestyle and we’re both unlucky in casinos.
    I was wrong about one of those reasons. MrTrump has lost the freedom and luxury of his lifestyle that being a multi-billionaire enjoys to serve his country as POTUS.
    When he asked Comey to announce that he isn’t being investigated as a criminal, it wasn’t for any ego driven satisfaction, no one wants to be under suspicion for criminal activities when they know they haven’t done anything.
    We can assume that MrTrump considered the conversation with his employee as a confidential matter. Even as he thought no one would know what was discussed, he spoke freely and with knowledge that he was in the right.
    What MrTrump didn’t know was the depth of hatred that the top tier in the FBI had for him and anyone around him and the lengths they would go to destroy him and his presidency.
    Comey is the ultimate traitor, the man who offers a friendly handshake all the while planning to destroy the POTUS. His book is a damning revelation of a man without an understanding that he was an employee who believed he could do what he wanted and no harm would come to him.
    Comey was fired, and he deserved to be fired.