Thursday saw the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s infamous memos detailing his interactions with President Trump. The memos, which came with redaction, include discussions on the infamous dossier built by Christopher Steele detailing potentially compromising information Russian might have on the President.
While the memos give no previously undisclosed information on the meetings, they do paint a picture of an FBI director’s increasing discomfort with a President unaware of the usual customs in Washington. A common theme throughout the memos is the President’s lack of knowledge for using established communication channels between the Administration and the Justice Department such as when he asked the FBI Director to privately discuss the oncoming investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a move that left the meeting open to questions of inappropriate influence.
The memos also detail the infamous “loyalty” meeting between Comey and the President where the latter had asked for loyalty from the former. The FBI Director then said the President could expect honesty from him which the President then interpreted as “honest loyalty” which Comey acknowledged in the memo that the two might have had different ideas of what that term would have meant but decided that clarification of the term wouldn’t have been productive.
In regards to the Steele dossier, the memos describe the conversation between the two in which the President brought up the dossier’s most salacious detail– a reported encounter involving Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. The President had asked the FBI Director if he could disprove the claim, saying he didn’t want First Lady Melania Trump to wonder about its validity. The President disputed that the incident had happened but mentioned that Russian President had bizarrely claimed that Russia has “the most beautiful hookers in the world.”
The release of the memos coincide with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s desire to subpoena for them. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd has insisted that the memos were scrubbed for any information that might adversely affect the ongoing investigation.