Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 8, 2017.
In an Oval Office tete-a-tete the following month, Comey said Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn, who had been fired for lying to the vice president about unreported conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee is formally asking the White House whether it possesses any "recordings or memoranda" of Trump's conversations with Comey. So, after getting his phone back from his lawyers-or whoever had had to hold onto it to prevent Trump from going off the rails mid-hearing-Trump jumped on Twitter to declare himself vindicated, and Comey "a leaker". In the wake of the hearing, Trump's personal lawyer issued a statement insisting that the president had never asked Comey for "loyalty", as Comey said he did.
'And if that's what he has done, if he continues to do this, if this is his pattern as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, he absolutely should have been fired.
As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, "General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot" and also "asked how is General Flynn is doing".
As noted on Twitter, by saying Comey lied under oath in this tweet, the president is accusing the former FBI Director of committing perjury. Exposing Risch's argument, however, Comey stressed how when the president says "I hope", it's hard to argue with him. During the hearing, Senator James Risch as well as other Republicans, implied that this did not amount to ordering Comey to drop the investigation on Trump and Russian Federation. The ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice. What so called champion of law and justice would ever do that to the president of the United States?
Comey rescued Hillary Clinton from the burning inferno ignited when the classified emails she was sending on an illegal private server were brought to light.
Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the Russian Federation probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice.
Up until Thursday, it was easy for Republicans and Democrats to take aim at Comey - and rightfully so. In his prepared remarks, Comey said Sessions "did not reply" and on Thursday added that he had "a recollection of [Sessions] just kind of looking at me". I think the testimony from [former FBI Director] Jim Comey was compelling.
This is not something you normally hear from a career bureaucrat, and it was riveting political theater in a way that Trump's chaotic cartoon circus will never be. But Comey's testimony did not appear to mark a substantial turning point for GOP lawmakers, many of whom posed questions to protect the president or cast doubt on Comey's version of events.
"That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning", he said.
First, from the outset, and in his answers to senators, Comey highlighted the reality and the gravity of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The biggest news today was the indictment of the Obama administration and former Attorney General Loretta lynch. "I think if you take together his written and oral testimony together, he has now made a prima facie case of obstruction of justice". "That happened. It's about as unfake as you can possibly get".