Comey testified before Congress last week that Trump told him he hoped the FBI would drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The former USA attorney said Trump called him one more time - in March, after Trump had taken office. "When I've been reading the stories about how the president has been contacting Jim Comey over time, it felt a little bit like déjà vu", he said.
Former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who led several high-profile corruption cases until President Donald Trump fired him in March, said there is "absolutely" enough evidence to launch an obstruction of justice case against President Trump for his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey. He refused and was sacked the next day, which he had himself announced on Twitter.
In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," Bharara said Trump called him during the presidential transition "just to shoot the breeze", and described the calls as "a little bit uncomfortable" considering the U.S. attorney's mandate to remain impartial toward subjects within his jurisdiction, which included Trump.
Trump and his supporters have downplayed the significance of the president's overtures to Comey and highlighted aspects of Comey's testimony that seemed exculpatory.
Trump fired Comey on May 9, and the White House gave conflicting reasons for the decision.
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The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors. "We are now buying Turkish products", he said. But the states did not respond to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's warning of humanitarian consequences.
"The number of times I would have been expected to be called by the president of the United States would be zero because there has to be some kind of arm's length relationship given the jurisdiction that various people had", Bharara said.
Bharara stopped short of saying Trump was seeking to develop a "patronage" relationship with him, something former FBI Director James Comey testified he felt Trump was seeking to do during their private meetings.
Meantime, Bharara said in seven-and-a-half years he received zero phone calls from Barack Obama, but President Trump had called him three times since December.
"I don't know", Bharara said. His recollections combined with James Comey's testimony made him realize there is a pattern to President Trump's behavior. He was only the president-elect, ' Bharara said.
There's no basis to say there's no obstruction. He elaborated, "The fact that you have authority to remove someone from office doesn't automatically immunize that act from criminal responsibility".
"I refused to return the call", Bharara said.