Trump lawyers tore into Comey as dishonest, 'Machiavellian' in confidential memo: report

Trump lawyers tore into Comey as dishonest, 'Machiavellian' in confidential memo: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE’s legal team reportedly penned a confidential memo to the special counsel last year tearing into former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump planning on revoking more security clearances: report Trump escalates feud with intelligence officials Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish' MORE.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that the lawyers referred to Comey as “Machiavellian” and dishonest in the letter, which the AP obtained.

The contents of the memo are the latest insight into how Trump’s lawyers have been working to discredit Comey throughout special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Trump fired Comey in May 2017, originally basing the decision on Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Senate Intel chief slams ex-CIA director for timing of claims about Trump-Russia ties MORE's use of a private email server as secretary of State. Trump later acknowledged that the investigation into his campaign associates' ties to Russia contributed to his decision.

The confidential letter from June 2017 was written by Trump’s lead attorney at the time, Marc Kasowitz, according to the AP.

In the letter, the AP reports, Kasowitz accused Comey of “a pattern of calculated unilateral action unbounded by governing law, regulation and practice, and plainly motivated by personal and political self-interest.”

“Mr. Comey continued his Machiavellian behavior after President Trump was elected,” the memo reads.

Kasowitz also needled Comey over his admission that he kept memos of his encounters with Trump, even giving one to a friend to disclose to the media.

“There is no ‘honest loyalty’ in an FBI Director surreptitiously leaking to civilians his privileged and confidential conversations with the president, or misappropriating and disseminating his confidential FBI memos or their contents about those meetings,” he wrote.

The AP report comes several weeks after a Justice Department inspector general report concluded that Comey defied authority in aspects of the Clinton investigation, but did not find evidence that he was motivated by political bias.

Trump's firing of Comey last year helped spur the appointment of the special counsel, who is investigating whether the president sought to obstruct justice by interfering with the Russia probe.