Comey’s book blitz could complicate Robert Mueller’s Russia probe

Comey’s book blitz could complicate Robert Mueller’s Russia probe
They've got some explaining to do. (Images: video screen grabs)

[Ed. – What Russia investigation?]

James Comey’s new memoir is already a pre-publication media hit, but the former FBI director’s tell-all assault on President Donald Trump also poses major risks — not only for Comey’s personal reputation but for the wider Russia investigation he helped launch.

Trump and his allies bombarded Comey with insults Friday, targeting his credibility and seeking to undermine his image as a nonpartisan law enforcement professional. …

But far more significant could be the implications of Comey’s written words and upcoming media interviews for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

His book, “A Higher Loyalty,” represents an official statement on key parts of the federal Russia probe — including the question of whether Trump may have sought to obstruct justice, a question Mueller is investigating. Legal experts warn that Comey’s own words could complicate court proceedings or a Congressional impeachment debate triggered by Mueller’s findings.

Prosecutors like Mueller generally cringe when a witness speaks at length in public before a case has wrapped up.

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