An aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked a Capitol Hill staffer if they had any damaging information about former FBI Director James Comey just days before his firing, according to a new report.
The New York Times reports that in the days following Comey’s May testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, an aide to Sessions asked a congressional staff member whether they had information on Comey that could be damaging, reportedly in an attempt to undermine the then-FBI director.
A person with knowledge of the meeting told the newspaper that Sessions wanted to see a negative article about Comey in the press every day.
The Justice Department disputed the account of the meeting in a statement to newspaper, saying it “did not happen and would not happen.”
The meeting reportedly occurred just days before President Trump fired Comey in May.
The White House said Trump fired the FBI chief based on the recommendation of Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote in a letter that he “cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”
However, Trump said during a later interview with NBC News that the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia was on his mind when he fired the FBI director.
Trump reportedly intended to send a letter to Comey before his firing describing the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated,” according to The New York Times, but was stopped by aides. It is reported that this letter is in the hands of Robert Mueller.
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