A source close to former FBI Director James Comey said that he didn’t write memos about his conversations with President Obama because the conversations were routine and Obama was truthful.
CNN’s Pamela Brown reported, “Even though he liked to create paper trails through his years at the Justice Department and the FBI, it was not common practice for him to document conversations with senior officials unless he thought it was significant. Conversations that Comey had with Trump he documented. In one memo, Anderson, he included a description of the President talking to him about crowd size at the inauguration. The source I spoke to said Comey did not do this with President Obama in part because he had fewer one on one conversations with the president, and as the source said, in Comey’s view, there was no need to document the conversations with people that are truthful or situations that are routine.”
When Republicans inevitably ask, why didn’t Comey have memos about Obama? The answer is that Obama kept their conversations routine and truthful. Comey had no need to write memos about Obama because the former president was honest and professional.
It is all coming together against Trump. Former FBI Director Comey has a perfectly logical reason for keeping memos of his conversation with Trump. President Trump was behaving in a troubling manner that Comey thought needed to be documented.
The bottom line is that Comey’s memos aren’t partisan, but the do reflect the difference in honesty between Obama and Trump.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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