Comey refused preview of Senate testimony to Trump: report

Comey refused preview of Senate testimony to Trump: report
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Former FBI Director James Comey angered President Trump by refusing to let him preview his recent Senate testimony, according to a new report.

Trump and his aides considered Comey’s move an act of insubordination, Reuters reported Wednesday.

White House officials told Reuters that Trump, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCurtis wins Chaffetz's former Utah House seat Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny FBI can’t unlock Texas shooter’s phone MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requested a preview from Comey.

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Comey reportedly declined to share his testimony before a May 3 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding his handling of the probe into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE’s private email server.

Previews to superiors of congressional testimony are generally considered a courtesy.

“It gave the impression that he was no longer capable of carrying out his duties,” one official said of Comey.

Comey testified last week that he stands by his controversial decision to announce last October that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Clinton.

“I sat there that morning and I could not see a door labeled 'no action here,'” he said. “I saw two doors. One was labeled ‘speak’ and one was labeled 'conceal.' It makes me mildly nauseous to think we had an impact on the election." 

Clinton has repeatedly said Comey bears some responsibility for her loss to Trump in November.

The White House announced Tuesday that Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein.

Trump’s decision stunned Washington, with many questioning the timing of the dismissal.

Comey announced in March that the FBI is probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 race, including possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.