CNN: First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question.
"You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense," the source said, adding that "intent is hard to prove."
Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel's leaders announced Friday.
The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the President was trying to interfere with his investigation.
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Update: Comey to testify Trump tried to influence him: report (The Hill)
WNU Editor: The problem with the above CNN narrative is that they tried .... but failed in explaining this ....
Another problem with the media reports of the past week is that their narrative that former FBI Director asked for more resources is not being supported by others .... Rosenstein: No evidence Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe (The Hill).
The former FBI Director is going to be testifying in open hearings after Memorial Day. I have confidence that he will stand by his past sworn testimony .... as well as shedding more light on other questions that have been raised since his firing. Is he going to drop a bombshell not yet reported .... I do not know .... but I am certainly going to be making popcorn and watching his opening statement when he finally testifies. Men like him who have been fired in such a public fashion are usually "pissed-off" .... and they have the tendency to say and reveal the most interesting things.