On Friday, Trump indicated that he was willing to do that, a highly unusual step for a sitting president and one fraught with legal hazard. (That same day, Pirro attended a baby shower in NY for Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump.) After the interview aired late Saturday night, Pirro tweeted: “Such a great interview!” At a press conference a day later, Trump declined to answer whether such tapes existed. Friday morning, he inexplicably claimed “total and complete vindication“.
Regardless of whether it’s illegal, Comey’s tactics were wimpy, King implied.
During Comey’s appearance before the intelligence committee, he stated he had written memos following meetings with Trump-something the former bureau chief said he had not done with previous presidents. The list includes Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Attorney General #Jeff Sessions, according to Philip Allen Lacovara, an ex-deputy solicitor general in the Department of Justice.
So the only “news” that emerged from Comey’s testimony – the only facts that might change the status quo ante – was that Trump has not been under investigation this whole time.
Comey’s testimony on Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee was “a pretty powerful statement” in support of an obstruction investigation, said Harvard University law professor Mark Tushnet, a legal history expert.
“I don’t understand why the president just doesn’t clear this matter up once and for all”, she said.
Feinstein also asked Comey why he didn’t challenge the president defending his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, when he believed that Trump was urging him to drop the investigation.
More testimony on Russian meddling in the 2016 election is ahead.
He said Mr Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked. Comey said he was concerned that Trump might lie about their discussions and other details leading up to his firing.
Comey “leaking his own memos to manipulate the system is exactly why people dislike the swamp”, said Trump ally Newt Gingrich. “There’s no ambiguity in it, there’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping, ‘” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, both said Thursday they believed Comey’s account of the events. Comey noted that he never felt the need to document his conversations with Presidents Bush or Barack Obama, telling Sen.
It’s a pivotal point because it goes to the question of whether Mr Trump obstructed justice by sacking Mr Comey to halt the FBI investigation into whether members of Mr Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian agents in an effort to influence the United States election outcome. Comey said his gut told him he couldn’t trust Trump.
By itself, it’s neither a high crime nor a misdemeanor for a president to be dishonorable. Mr Trump has responded to Mr Comey’s assertions by accusing him of lying.
Still, Bharara has said he was puzzled because Trump indicated he would keep him on in November during a meeting at Trump Tower.
The first effort came January 27, when Trump invited Comey to dinner. There have also been reports, in the Times and elsewhere, that Trump is furious with Sessions for recusing himself and thus leaving the investigation in more independent hands, and that Sessions offered to resign.
The fact pattern of the Russian Federation investigation so far is similar – and that’s an investigation Comey says Trump had no interest in following closely.
“[Trump] should voluntarily turn [the tapes] over, not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel“, Collins continued.