This would not be the first time Comey had the foresight to document an exchange that later sparked a major White House controversy.
In 2005, when Comey was deputy attorney general he emailed his chief of staff and others about objections to the George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation techniques, according to Politico. In the messages, Comey reportedly acknowledged that he approved most of the Office of Legal Counsel opinions authorizing the techniques, but he said he’d urged then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to advise the White House to abandon the harshest methods.
When a controversy over the use of harsh interrogation flared up in June 2009, Comey’s
“Comey had the foresight to write that email and then, when he left the DOJ, to print it out and put in into the file and hold onto it until four years
— Reuters contributed to this report.
Correction: Michael Flynn was fired as national security advisor. An earlier version misstated his title.
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