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Comey Memo: Trump Suggested Jailing Journalists For A ‘Couple Days’ To Make Them ‘Talk’

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Comey Memo: Trump Suggested Jailing Journalists For A ‘Couple Days’ To Make Them ‘Talk’




Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo last year that President Donald Trump floated the idea of jailing journalists for a “couple days” as a way to stop leaks from the White House and to identify the source of those leaks.

The document chronicling Comey’s private Oval office conversation with the president was published by various news outlets on Thursday just hours after the Department of Justice released copies to congressional leaders.

“The president then wrapped up our conversation by returning to the issue of finding leakers,” Comey wrote in the document, dated Feb. 14, 2017. “I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message. He replied by saying it may involve putting reporters in jail.”

″‘They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk,’” Comey recounted the president saying. “I laughed as I walked to the door Reince Priebus had opened.”



The New York Times first reported the encounter last May.

Since announcing his bid for the presidency in the summer of 2015, Trump has repeatedly attacked reporters and news organizations that publish stories critical of him.




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