It was revealed yesterday that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The New York Times broke the news, reporting that Comey had written a memo about his conversation with the President.
If the allegations Comey wrote in his memo are confirmed, President Trump’s request to end the FBI’s investigation into Flynn could be seen as obstruction of justice.
National security expert Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio to discuss Comey’s memo and the implications Trump’s desire to end the investigation into Flynn could have.
While no one but FBI officials has seen the actual memo, Kayyem believes its existence is highly likely, and someone with Comey’s credentials would have the wherewithal to keep notes on a potentially incriminating conversation with the President.
“Any good lawyer would have kept a paper trail,” she said. “I believe everything that is recorded in that memo.”
As the public’s and Congress’ opinions of Comey continue to oscillate in the wake of his firing, Kayyem ensured that nobody is questioning his verity in this scenario.
“You can’t find a single person to suggest, not even the Republicans, that Comey lied in terms of the content of the memo,” she said.
Kayyem also defended Comey’s decisions to not release the contents of the memo earlier.
"Comey was setting a record,” Kayyem said. “When you create a record you don’t necessarily disclose it at the time. Comey did not envision he would be fired.”
National Security Expert Juliette Kayyem is the host of the SCIF podcast and a contributor to CNN and WGBH. She’s founder of Kayyem Solutions and her book Security Mom is now out in paperback. To hear her interview in its entirety, click on the audio player above