President Trump was furious with short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn for failing to inform him Vladimir Putin was the first to congratulate him following his inauguration, and then making the Russian president wait six days for a return call, the Associated Press reports.
Former FBI Director James Comey’s controversial memos, leaked Thursday shortly after they were released to Congress by the Justice Department, offer a direct look into some of his interactions with the President — including conversations about Trump’s ongoing frustrations with Flynn.
The ousted FBI head wrote Trump had expressed “serious reservations” about Flynn’s judgement, citing “a story from that day in which the president apparently discovered during his toast to Teresa May that (Putin) had called four days ago.”
The Russian president’s name has been redacted, but two sources confirmed him as the caller for the Associated Press Friday morning.
During his toast to the British Prime Minister, Trump explained May had been the first call he received after his inauguration.
“Flynn interrupted to say that (Putin) had called (first, apparently),” according to the memos. “It was then that the president learned of (Putin’s) call and he confronted Flynn about it.”
The ex-national security adviser told Trump he had scheduled a return call for the coming Saturday — six days after Putin phoned in to offer his congratulations.
Trump “said that if he called (Putin) and didn’t get a return call for six days he would be very upset,” Comey wrote, adding “the president pointed his fingers at his head and said ‘the guy has serious judgement issues.’”
Despite Comey’s negative take on Trump’s relationship with Flynn — who was eventually fired for misleading Vice President Pence regarding his communications with Russian officials — the President took to Twitter to defend his former adviser Friday morning.
“So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should have never been written,)” Trump tweeted, misspelling the word “shady.”
“Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work?” he continued. “I don’t think so!”
Comey, in his new memoir “A Higher Loyalty” and in his memos, allege Trump tried to get him to end the FBI’s investigation into the former general, a claim at the center of an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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