During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey testified that Trump asked him for his loyalty and asked him to end the Flynn probe.
The choice by most elected Republicans to to politely ignore Trump’s perjury accusations against Comey reflect Trump’s complete lack of credibility.
“We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions’) continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic, ” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.
Oh. So, according to the president – who seemed to be glancing down at some notes while speaking – we should believe the parts of Comey’s testimony that Trump liked, but we should believe the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director perjured himself on the parts that Trump didn’t like. Comey says he wrote the memos in an unclassified manner on objective so that they could be made public if Trump lied about the meetings.
Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Trump about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.
Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton’s loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey. Five current and former USA officials said they are aware of classified intelligence suggesting there was some sort of private encounter between Trump and his aides and the Russian envoy.
“And there would be nothing wrong with it if I did say it, according to everything that I’ve read today”, Trump added, which didn’t exactly help his case that he didn’t say it. In the post, the president said: “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker”.
Dismissing key parts of Comey’s damning testimony while claiming others as a win for the president, Kasowitz also suggested Comey may face prosecution. Why, if by his own lights he met with Comey simply to say, “General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot” and to ask “how is General Flynn is doing?”, why the privacy?
In response to Comey’s stunning testimony, Trump and his lawyer have staked out an incoherent position.
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney is planning to file a complaint against former FBI Director James Comey for details he revealed during his congressional testimony.
In his testimony, Mr Comey jumped to the heart of the political controversy around his firing and discussed if the president interfered in the bureau’s Russian Federation investigation.
Comey said he shared the memo with “a professor at Columbia Law School, a reference to Daniel Richman, who confirmed to Reuters he was the person Comey referred to in his testimony”.
“But he testified under oath and I do believe that he’s an individual of integrity who would not deliberately lie under oath”, Collins told CNN. He did not ask Comey to fill him in on Russian subversion, he only wanted to know if anyone was coming after him.
Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., last week released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn’t had any contacts with Russian Federation.
Mr Trump’s team seized on Mr Comey’s unexpected admission that he leaked details of private Oval Office conversations to the media.
“I think we kicked off the game yesterday”.