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We Read the Comey Memos So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Five Takeaways.

CNN and other media outlets obtained 15 pages of leaked Comey memos. Here are some of the top takeaways.

By NTK Staff | 04.20.2018 @9:00am
We Read the Comey Memos So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Five Takeaways.

Several pages of ex-FBI Director James Comey’s memos – concerning his meetings with President Donald Trump, and ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – leaked to media on Thursday night.

NTK Network read all 15 pages of memos. Here are the top takeaways.


At least four times in the seven meetings Comey wrote memos for, President Trump brought up the most salacious accusation of the infamous dossier published by BuzzFeed: that Trump received so-called ‘golden showers’ from Russian prostitutes in 2013.

In the memos, Trump regularly denied to Comey that he ever met with Russian prostitutes, even once implying that a guy like him didn’t need to pay for sex. Comey insisted to Trump that he didn’t necessarily believe the allegations, but wanted to make the president aware of the claims before they were published in media.


At least three times in the seven meetings Comey wrote memos for, President Trump brought up “your guy” Andrew McCabe, a frequent subject of Trump’s Twitter ire.

Trump seemed concerned about McCabe’s wife running as a Democratic candidate in 2016, and questioned Comey on whether McCabe could be trusted. Comey regularly responded in the affirmative.

McCabe is back in the news for other reasons, though: the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice recommended criminal charges for former FBI Deputy Director McCabe on Thursday.


With Comey, Trump returned to an occasional theme from his campaign days: making it easier to put journalists in jail for getting information wrong, or accepting leaks.

In his February 14, 2017 memo, Comey wrote:

I said I was eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message. I said something about it being difficult and he replied that we need to go after the reporters, and referred to the fact that 10 or 15 years ago we put them in jail to find out what they know, and it worked.

…The President then wrapped up our conversation by returning to the issue of finding leakers. I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message. He replied by saying it may involve putting reporters in jail. ‘They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk.’ I laughed as walked to the door Reince Priebus had opened.


According to Comey’s January 28, 2017 memo, Trump was upset with then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn because Flynn had disclosed at a lunch with UK Prime Minister Theresa May that a foreign leader had called Trump before May called Trump. During a toast, Trump had claimed that May was the first foreign leader to call him. Flynn corrected him, which was apparently what set the president off.

The public doesn’t know which leader called Trump, though, as the information is redacted in Comey’s memo.


Comey tried to connect with Trump over Trump’s distrust of media, according to Comey’s January 28, 2017 memo.

He knew the sequence of events [in the Clinton email saga] extremely well, breaking them down in his lexicon into Comey One, Comey Two, and Comey Three developments and he walked through how he saw each played out during the campaign, in great detail. He asked whether it was true ‘there was a revolt’ after Comey One. I said that was nonsense and I had worked hard to see if folks had concerns. I added that I surely didn’t need to tell him that the media sometimes gets stuff wrong.

Clearly, Comey and Trump didn’t connect enough over their short few months together. Trump fired Comey in May 2017, starting a saga that has continued with Bob Mueller’s investigation today.

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