Trump says Comey's testimony gives him 'total vindication'

Angie Massey
June 10, 2017

Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Sen.

That probe includes an examination of whether Trump aides colluded with the Kremlin campaign to hack into American political organizations and leak stolen documents.

"And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible".

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey said Thursday in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"Neither the F.B.I., nor Mr. Comey would comment or elaborate on what Mr. Comey believes to be incorrect", it continues. They tried to undermine Comey's credibility by issuing press releases and even ads pointing to a past instance where the Federal Bureau of Investigation had to clean up the director's testimony to Congress.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said. She is no Frank Luntz, but Lynch instructed Comey to call the investigation into Clinton a "matter", not an investigation.

Comey's testimony also raised new questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from ongoing Russian Federation investigations back in March.

"The ask was to get it out that I, the president, am not personally under investigation", Mr Comey said.

Comey used the "L word" again while explaining why he chose to take notes during his meetings with the president. Comey told the Senate panel he interpreted the president's statement as a "direction".

Gen. Flynn is at the center of the FBI's investigation of election interference by Russian Federation.

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Former FBI Director James Comey's long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence - the tweeter in chief himself.

Comey replied, "You will always get honesty from me".

Trump's critics have seized on that statement to argue that Trump attempted to interfere with an ongoing FBI investigation, which may amount to obstruction of justice.

But he also said his reading of Trump's "nature" helped convince him to create a written record of their interactions, starting with a January 6 briefing at Trump Tower.

"That's a great question", Comey said.

The memos laid out the Oval Office meeting during which Comey says Trump said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "The president never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey "let Flynn go, ' " he said".

On May 12, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations".

"We were aware of facts I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued involvement in a Russian Federation investigation problematic", Comey said Thursday. He was even put through the first steps, including meeting with Justice Department and White House officials.

Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel".

Faiza Patel, co-director of public policy group Brennan Center for Justice, noted that Comey testified that he was careful to avoid putting classified information in memos memorialising his conversations with Trump.

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