Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently opened doors for ex-FBI director James Comey by offering him asylum in Russia. The former FBI chief recently presented his testimony against the Trump administration for the Russian investigation.
Since James Comey’s testimony, everyone is wondering about his next steps. During Direct Line on the state TV, Vladimir Putin took calls from common folks and joked about James Comey. He mocked that he is ready to offer asylum to ex-FBI chief if he is persecuted in the United States. Putin even compared Comey to Edward Snowden.
“What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? In this case, he (Comey) is not the head of a special service but a human rights activist who defends a certain position. By the way, if he is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this.”
Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out United States’ propaganda affair to offer direct money to influence the election. He further added that such illegal activities continue in the U.S. every year. Putin clearly said that he has heard concerns from many other world leaders about U.S. trying to meddle with their internal affairs but they all do not want to sour their relationship.
“And what about constant U.S. propaganda, constant U.S. support of America-oriented non-governmental organizations by giving them money directly? Isn’t it an impact on our minds? Isn’t it an attempt to influence how we should behave during election campaigns? This continues year after year.”
Comey believes that he had been sacked because of the FBI’s Russia investigation, which Donald Trump has been questioned about a lot of times. He further revealed during his testimony that he had given the story about Trump putting pressure on him to the New York Times, in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel, which had duly happened the next day.
The Russian investigation memo released by James Comey has revealed that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, tried to meddle with the ongoing inquiry regarding his administration’s tie-up with the Russian officials. The cited memo, if proved, would be evidence that the U.S. President had directly tried to influence the FBI investigation.
James Comey also accused Donald Trump of demanding loyalty, to which the former FBI director did not react. According to him, Trump’s demand for loyalty was met with long awkward silence.
Not only this, Trump recently proved that Comey was right all along during the Russia investigation and in his testimony. In the letter firing FBI director James Comey, Trump wrote that he appreciates that he was informed on three occasions about not being under investigation. Apparently, Congress and his team now feel “vindicated.”
HEADLINE: "Donald Trump confirms he is under federal investigation regarding James Comey firing" https://t.co/FKkJOVLISl— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 16, 2017
“I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation,” Trump wrote in his letter to former FBI director James Comey.
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