The Note: Trump preps for war with Comey

Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow.

ByABC News
June 7, 2017, 8:21 AM


  • President Trump announced he's nominating Christopher A. Wray, a former Justice Department official and Chris Christie Bridgegate attorney, for FBI director
  • We're getting a sneak peek of what former FBI Director James Comey will say in his highly-anticipated congressional testimony Thursday: He'll dispute that he told President Trump three times he is not under investigation, but will stop short of saying Trump interfered with the agency's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He told associates that President Trump had asked him whether he could intervene with Comey's investigation into Flynn, The Washington Post reports.
  • After months of increased friction between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, tensions have reached new heights after Sessions suggested he may resign from his post.
  • A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 61 percent of Americans think Trump fired Comey to save his own neck rather than for the good of the country. But there's also skepticism of Comey.
  • THE TAKE with ABC News' Rick Klein

    President Trump knows whom he's wishing luck to -- or, at least, he thinks he does. As Trump prepares for war with James Comey, the president looks like he's going rogue – fuming at aides, clashing with his long-loyal attorney general, and tweeting statements that complicate foreign policy, his domestic agenda, and his administration's own legal efforts. Except it's always more complicated than that. The thing that unites Trump's actions – besides the near-universal desire inside his circle that he dial it back – is that he's talking to his base. And in the case of Comey, that base is inclined to like what it hears from the president: The new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 70 percent of Republicans think Trump fired Comey "for the good of the country," rather than to protect himself. And 55 percent of Americans overall say they doubt Comey's word – damage from a year where Democrats hated him long before Trump turned on him. Among Trump's rawest political talents? Sizing up his opponents, and sensing their weaknesses.


    If Comey's coming testimony Thursday is the Super Bowl of congressional hearings, then the pre-game starts today. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will all appear before the Senate Intel committee today and face lawmakers hungry for answers about how the Russia investigations are proceeding. According to new reporting from the Washington Post, Coats told colleagues back in March that President Trump was frustrated with the FBI's Russia probe and asked him whether he would intervene and get the bureau to back off. Last time he testified, Coats said his conversations with the president were private, but a targeted and specific question today could be hard to dodge from the stand. Rosenstein will be tested about the timeline of events leading up to Comey's firing and whether the former FBI Director was really nixed without notice, ABC News' MaryAlice Parks writes.


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