But Mukasey refuted Mulroy's claims, telling Ingraham, "I think we ought to put to rest something that one of your last guests said on the last segment about how, 'Well, the memos weren't marked classified at the time'". During a tour promoting his new book, Comey has received attention mostly for portraying President Donald Trump as a liar and immoral, but he's also disclaimed knowledge of McCabe's contacts with the media.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe last month based upon internal recommendations from within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department; McCabe's camp says he acted within his authority and told the truth about it afterward. "Really, does everybody know what that means?"
Mr Flynn was sacked a few weeks later after misleading Mike Pence, the vice-president, about his own contacts with Russian Federation. Regarding a Feb 8 meeting with Mr Reince Priebus, then the White House chief of staff, for example, Mr Comey wrote that Mr Priebus asked about the contents of the dossier produced by a former British spy that lays out a vast conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to sway the election. He said Mr. Comey's decision to leak the memos to his friend "raises serious questions about his judgment and his integrity".
But given this time and this atmosphere, it is Comey's duels with Trump that are supposed to rivet our attention.
Comey has stated he hoped the memos' launch would result in the appointment of a particular prosecutor to analyze Russian election meddling and potential coordination with Trump's marketing campaign.
The 15 pages of paperwork include new particulars a few sequence of interactions with Trump that Comey discovered so unnerving that he selected to doc them in writing.
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In line with the memos, Comey advised Trump it could be tough legally to jail reporters however stated he noticed worth in going after leakers and "placing a head on a pike as a message" by bringing such a case.
During an interview Friday on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle", Mukasey said Obama wanted Comey to let Clinton "off" the hook because Obama believed, "if you wind up accusing her, you wind up accusing me".
Trump shot back that sending that message may involve jailing reporters.
One Comey memo recounts a February request from Mr Trump, during a private meeting in the Oval Office, that Mr Comey end an investigation into Mr Flynn. The Associated Press first reported it was Putin's name that was redacted in the memo. What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they could position Trump.
The Justice Department's inspector general referred his findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who, a recent report found, "lacked candor" with internal investigators - to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime. However, people familiar with the situation said it was Putin, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday.
"He then reviewed in some detail the leaks of his calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, including how the calls had gone, how he assumed that calls he made on "this lovely phone [touching the grey phone on the desk]' were confidential, how it couldn't have come from the Mexicans or Australians, how the transcripts actually included things he doesn't remember saying ['and they say I have one of the world's greatest memories"]", the memo says.