The New York Times has a front-page story Friday detailing how former FBI chief James Comey tried to instruct President Trump about the proper boundaries that should exist between them. 

The story, for example, says that Trump called Comey soon after taking office and wondered when word would go out that he was not personally under investigation. Comey then explained that all such questions must go through the proper lawerly channels. 

One of the sources for the story, Comey friend Benjamin Wittes, writes in a post at the Lawfare blog, where he's editor in chief, that he wasn't aware of that particular phone call but isn't at all surprised. Wittes suggests that Trump had a clear strategy: He tried to make Comey a pal, keeping him "on board only as long as it took him to figure out that there was no way to make Comey part of the team." Then he fired him.

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