Russian official mocks James Comey testimony

Lauren Perry
June 10, 2017

President Donald Trump on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI director James Comey said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's USA election.

Kasowitz, who attacked Comey after his testimony for leaking what he called "privileged communications" to the media, will file the complaint with the Justice Department's inspector general and also make a "submission" to the Senate's judiciary and intelligence committees about Comey's testimony.

Mr Comey testified under oath.

Comey also said Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on January 27 that he needed "loyalty". In the hearing, Comey did not disclose any links between Trump advisers and alleged Russian meddling.

Comey's advantage over the President is that he paid close attention during their conversations, wrote down his impressions immediately after the conversations took place, and then shared these notes with others.

But the key moment came when Karl asked the president whether he'd be willing to rebut those claims under oath-because, after all, Comey was also under oath when he said them.

His testimony provided a gripping account of his interactions with President Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

He portrayed Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

Comey testified during the hearing that there is an undisclosed reason that might've been behind the attorney general's recusal from the investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

That friend, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, then sent the memos to the New York Times where reporters published a story alleging President Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. If he hadn't tried to get Comey to squash the investigation, why mention that it wouldn't have been a big deal if he had? "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's. He also reiterated that the ex-FBI director, dismissed on 9 May, is a filter, referring to Comey's recognition of having provided some information to the press to put the arm on appointing a special attorney general for the investigation on the alleged Russian interference in USA elections. "I took it as, this is what he wants me to do".

"James Comey was all about James Comey", Bondi said. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have".

Comey made clear that he'd be more than happy to go to the tape. How dare you tell us things we already know. Read Also: Trump threatened with lawsuit for blocking users on Twitter Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton's loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey.

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