Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump

Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump
© Greg Nash

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday that memos drafted by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey tweets: 'We always emerge stronger from hard times' Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Lisa Page bombshell: FBI couldn’t prove Trump-Russia collusion before Mueller appointment MORE about his conversations with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE corroborate his testimony before Congress.

In a statement Thursday night obtained by MSNBC, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsGraham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests House Dems blast GOP for FBI, DOJ 'conspiracy theories' aimed to protect Trump MORE (D-Md.) said that Comey's memos, which were sent to lawmakers Thursday night, "provide strong corroborating evidence of everything he said about President Trump."

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Trump "wanted [Comey's] personal loyalty," and "wanted to end the Russia investigation" when he fired the FBI director last year, Cummings says.

"President Trump's interference was a blatant effort to deny justice," he added, "and Director Comey was right to document it as it happened."

Democrats have pointed to Trump's 2017 firing of Comey as an attempt to obstruct the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, which the special counsel office is now investigating as possible obstruction of justice.

Trump denied this week that Comey's firing was related to the Russia investigation, apparently walking back previous comments he made to the contrary to NBC's Lester Holt last year.

"Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!" Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Comey is currently on a national media tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty," which hit bookstores this week and quickly rose to the top of Amazon's bestseller list.

The Trump administration and Republicans have responded to Comey's media tour by casting the former FBI director as dishonest, with almost a dozen lawmakers calling for the Justice Department to open criminal proceedings into Comey and others in a letter this week.