'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream': Gloating James Comey tweets scripture and river photo as Flynn pleads guilty
- James Comey appeared to gloat over the news of Michael Flynn pleading guilty to the FBI on Friday morning
- He tweeted?the Biblical verse of Amos 5:24: 'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream'
- Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump and claims the president asked him to let his investigation into Flynn's ties with Russia go?
- Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S; he could face five years in federal prison?
James Comey, the former FBI Director, appeared to gloat over the news of Michael Flynn pleading guilty to the FBI on Friday morning, as he hinted that justice was being served.?
In a tweet and Instagram post, Comey shared the Biblical verse of Amos 5:24: 'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.'
Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump, a move that helped lead to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.??
Comey has said Trump asked him during a private Oval Office meeting in February if he could see his way to letting the investigation into Flynn's ties with Russia go.
The White House has denied that that conversation took place as Comey has said.?
Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., in the latest bombshell development in the Russia investigation that has ensnared leading advisors of President Trump.
James Comey, the former FBI Director, appeared to gloat over the news of Michael Flynn pleading guilty to the FBI on Friday morning, as he hinted that justice was being served
In a tweet and Instagram post, he shared the Biblical verse of Amos 5:24: 'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream'
Mike Flynn and his wife Lori arrived in court in Washington D.C. on Friday to plead guilty to a federal judge of lying to the FBI. He faces five years - but is almost certain to have made a deal with Robert Mueller which could implicate others
In June, Comey made bombshell remarks that?laid out the carefully constructed beginnings of a case that President Trump used his power and his relationship with Comey in a way that might have taken investigative pressure off Flynn – and remove a 'cloud' that was hanging over his administration.
Comey described the president's extraordinary efforts to get with him one-on-one to discuss the Flynn case.
At the hearing, he stated his own unequivocal belief that he was fired 'because of' his handling of the wide-ranging investigation of Russian election interference, but ripped the president's decision to explain his own firing by citing a variety of other reasons.
Comey testified he believed the president directed him to halt a probe of security advisor Flynn, said he kept copious notes because he feared Trump would lie, and acknowledged putting out information about his unusual meetings with the president after Trump tweeted after he fired Comey.
Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump and claims the president asked him to let his investigation into Flynn go. Pictured: Comey's Instagram post of flowing 'justice' waters
Comey testified he believed the president directed him to halt a probe of security advisor Flynn, and said he kept copious notes because he feared Trump would lie
Comey explained how he interpreted Trump's statement in an unusual one-on-one meeting where he asked Comey to let the investigation of Flynn go.
Under questioning from Sen. James Ritsch, Comey said the exact words Trump words were that he 'hoped' he would let the probe go.
'Those words are not an order,' he acknowledged.
But he also said: 'I took it as a direction. This is the president of the United States with me along saying: "I hope this." I took it as what he wants me to do,' Comey said.
'I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in,' he said under questioning about how he responded from Sen. Dianne Feinstein.?
'It's my judgement that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was in some way to change the way the investigation was being conducted,' he added.
'That is a very big deal. And not just because it involves me,' he said.?
In late November it was announced that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team had requested documents from the Justice Department related to Comey's firing.?
In November it was announced that special counsel Robert Mueller's (pictured) investigative team had requested documents from the Justice Department related to Comey's firing
Comey was fired by Trump on May 9, the former FBI Director claims that Trump wanted him to have the FBI drop the probe into Flynn
The documents request also focused on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from an inquiry into Russian interference in the election, a source familiar with the request told ABC News.
The request is believed to be the first one targeting the very agency overseeing Mueller's probe.
It suggests that the special counsel is looking at whether President Donald Trump or other administration officials sought to interfere with the Russia investigation.??
On Friday, it was announced that Flynn will provide 'full cooperation' to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his Russia probe after his stunning guilty plea in federal court Friday morning.
'My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,' Flynn said in a statement.??
Although he pleaded guilty to just a single count, it is what Flynn was prepared to tell investigators that immediately exploded across the political landscape.
Flynn has promised to provide 'full cooperation' to Mueller's team, ABC News reported.??
Flynn is facing extraordinary legal and financial pressures. According to the report, he was facing 'serious financial problems' and wanted to do the 'right thing for his country.'?
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office charged Flynn with lying to the FBI about Russia as well as efforts to derail a UN Security Council resolution, in the second major legal action against a top Trump campaign or White House official.?
Mike Flynn's wife Lori was at his side as he arrived in court. The two were high school sweethearts and married in 1981
According to the information, which includes just a single count, Flynn lied just days before President Trump took office about his contacts with Russia's then ambassador to the U.S.
Mike Flynn, whose brief White House career is now being subjected to Robert Mueller's forensic scrutiny, is in court and due to plead guilty to lying to the FBI
Mueller's office charged Flynn with making 'false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements' - an offense which carries a maximum sentence of five years
Flynn said in a statement: 'After over thirty-three years of military service to our country including five years in combat away from my family and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of treason and other outrageous acts.'
'Such false accusations are contrary to everything I’ve ever done and stood for,' Flynn said.
'But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong. Through my faith in God I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interest of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,' he continued.?
According to a statement of the offense released by Mueller's office, Flynn on December 29 called a member of Trump's presidential transition team, who was with other senior transition members at Mar-a-Lago.
Flynn and the officials discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia, as well as 'the potential impact of those sanctions on the incoming administration’s foreign policy goals’ and that members of the transition ‘did not want Russia to escalate the situation.’
Immediately after the call, according to the statement of offense, Flynn called Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak and requested that Russia 'not escalate the situation.'
On December 30, just days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement stating Russia would not take retaliatory action – the preference Flynn heard about from Mar-a-Lago.
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