Former FBI Director James Comey angered President Trump by refusing his request to let him preview his recent Senate testimony, according to a new report.
“Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had wanted a heads-up from Comey about what he would say at a May 3 hearing about his handling of an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
When Comey refused, Trump and his aides considered that an act of insubordination and it was one of the catalysts to Trump’s decision this week to fire the FBI director, the officials said.”
Previews to superiors of congressional testimony are generally considered a courtesy.
“It gave the impression that he was no longer capable of carrying out his duties,” one official said of Comey.
A former Trump adviser told Reuters that Trump was also angry because “Comey had never offered a public exoneration of Trump in the FBI probe into contacts between the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Sergei Kislyak, and Trump campaign advisers last year.”
According to this former adviser, Comey’s Senate testimony on the Clinton emails likely reinforced in Trump’s mind that “Comey was against him.”
“He regretted what he did to Hillary but not what he did to Trump,” the former Trump adviser said of Comey.