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Kendall Coffey on James Comey’s Testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee

Currently acting as partner at Coffey Burlington in Miami, FL, and one of the country’s top litigators, Kendall Coffey shared his law expertise regarding former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 US presidential election. Find out more about Kendall Coffey here: http://kendallcoffey.com/ From Morning Coffey: How does former FBI Director James Comey’s current standing affect his strength as an accusing witness in last week’s Senate Intelligence Committee testimony?  “One year ago, essentially everyone across the political spectrum had great confidence in James Comey. But the last year has seen a cross-fire of criticisms.” “Many expected the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to be a bad day for President Donald Trump,” Coffey said. “But it may not be a great day for anyone.” From ABC News: How did Comey’s hearing fair in regards to potential obstruction charges against President Trump? “This seemed to be an uncomfortable and improper conversation that would not, based on usual obstruction cases, sufficiently establish the crime of obstruction,” said Kendall Coffey. Coffey said not only was Comey’s testimony not a “smoking gun,” it actually “gave both sides ammunition.” “It was clear that Comey did not believe those concerns should prompt him to consider resignation as he had considered before in his career,” Coffey said. “And he had no answer for his decision not to promptly report the February conversation.” But Coffey pointed out that if Trump is interviewed by Mueller and contradicts Comey, crimes of obstruction and false statements could be alleged if Mueller believes Comey. “Comey’s testimony was a bit like Al Capone’s vault,” said John Lauro, a former federal prosecutor and attorney at the Lauro Law Firm. “There is nothing inside — no corrupt intent to derail a federal investigation.” From ABC News: Do FBI agents have a legal duty to report a potential crime? In other words, did Comey have a duty to inform Congress or the Attorney General of his concerns about Trump, if he thought it amounted to obstruction of justice? No, said multiple experts. However, “there is the oath of office that obligates agents to uphold and enforce the law, which is a more general obligation,” said former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey, who agreed that there is no specific statute requiring a federal agent to report a potential...

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Kendall Coffey Breaks Down Comey Hearing on i24News – May 3rd, 2017

Kendall Coffey current Chair of the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, appeared on i24News to discuss the James Comey hearing with David Shuster. Learn more about Kendall Coffey at CoffeyBulington.com: http://www.coffeyburlington.com/attorneys/kendall-coffey/ David Shuster: I’m not sure that the FBI director or Wikileaks forced Hilary Clinton not to go to Wisconsin and some of the other key battle ground states that she lost, but what do you make of her explanation and her justification there that, you know what, “Comey went too far?” Kendall Coffey: I think you’re right; there were a lot of factors that would have contributed to it. As my friend Fred Menachem would say, in a close political election there are a million things you second-guess and a million things you coulda-woulda done differently. The Wikileaks problems had been significant, but the worse of that was already over, and I do think she started to move to a significant lead at the time of the Comey bombshell. History is never going to be able to tell us for sure that that was the ultimate game-changer. But I think that the verdict of history will be critical about an FBI director, in an election that close, breaking normal traditions of the Department of Justice and announcing an investigation that at the end of the day proved to be nothing. A week later, they stated, “well there’s nothing we found in these thousands of emails that changes anything.” But by then I think the election may have been recalibrated, and we’ll never know for sure, but we know who’s president...

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