They say appearances aren’t everything…unless, of course, you’re talking about blackmail. According to Yahoo News “Senior FBI officials were concerned then director James Comey would appear to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump.”
Since the release of the Mueller Report many U.S. intelligence officials have come under attack on how they handled the investigation against Trump and a rumored collusion with Russia in what Trump says “was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the people of this country, and you know what, I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it…I think it’s great.”
In the end, Comey told Trump he was not under investigation – a comment that came back to haunt Comey when he later refused to say the same thing publicly, a key factor that led to Trump’s decision to fire him.
Amongst the intelligence officials involved in the fiasco is Jim Baker, the chief counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the infamous Comey meeting. Baker did an interview with the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery, the same podcast which Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan made controversial remarks about the Holocaust last week. During the interview he said senior FBI officials were concerned Comey would have the appearance of blackmailing Trump “using tactics notoriously associated with J. Edgar Hoover – when he attended a fateful January 6, 2017, meeting at which he informed the real estate magnate about allegations he had consorted with prostitutes in Moscow.”
Yahoo News writes “Baker strongly urged Comey not to go through with his plans to reassure Trump by telling him he was not under investigation by the FBI. ‘I didn’t think it was accurate to say that he wasn’t under investigation.’ In the end, Comey told Trump he was not under investigation – a comment that came back to haunt Comey when he later refused to say the same thing publicly, a key factor that led to Trump’s decision to fire him.”