A day after President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he did not want to be left alone again with the president, The New York Times reported.
Comey told Sessions private interactions between the FBI director and president were inappropriate, the Times reported, quoting unnamed former and current law enforcement officials.
But Comey never told Sessions what had transpired in their private meeting in February, and by the time Trump fired Comey, he had only revealed the details to a few close advisers – and no one at the Justice Department, the Times reported.
According to the Times, Comey's unease at being alone with Trump reflected his distrust of the president, whom he believed was trying to undermine the FBI's independence.
The revelation comes as Comey prepares to go before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is likely to grill him about the meeting, why he did not disclose it to the Justice Department, and if he ever assured Trump, as the president has asserted, he was not under investigation, the Times reported.
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