President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says the president never pushed former FBI director James Comey to drop his investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
The president's actions provided raw material for an obstruction-of-justice case against Trump, still well down the road.
Trump has also denied Comey's claims that the president had asked him to pledge loyalty. He then said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". He is a good guy. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he told the committee. Some say Comey was within his rights as a private citizen. This isn't just a matter of Trump supporters believing one way and his defenders another. However, according to the poll, half of USA citizens appear to be on Comey's side on this point, saying they think Trump did ask the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief "to pledge loyalty to him".
However, the complaints could simply add to the number of investigations under way, increasing the sense of a White House overshadowed by questions about the Trump election campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Comey had told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he had leaked a memo of conversations between himself and Trump because he wanted to see a special prosecutor appointed.
Q Always fair. Mr. President, can we get back to James Comey's testimony. "Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey".
Given Comey's reputation as a methodical, ultra-cautious investigator, the testimony was damning, said a Washington lawyer who served in a top position in a prior administration.
As to Trump's firing of Comey, if you were Trump, wouldn't you be outraged if Comey refused to disclose that you were not under investigation when everything else was leaked - as Sen.
Consistent with that statement, 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". What is clear is that Trump does not comport himself like an innocent person who knows that the truth will vindicate him. He was insane, a real nut job", adding, "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation. Trump: Well, I didn't say that.
Comey testified that he was confused when he heard the president say on television "that he actually fired me because of the Russian Federation investigation, and learned again from the media that he was privately telling other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian Federation investigation". Comey testified yesterday, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", indicating that such evidence would corroborate his recollection of Trump's incriminating statements. So, he memorialized them in written memoranda.
We gleamed from this hearing that numerous leaks or big news stories from anonymous sources were lies, including stories from CNN and New York Times. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document".
"It is unusual for a president to be talking that way, and I think it is hard to say whether this rises to a level of obstruction of justice, but it is unusual and it is inappropriate", he said. "Whether it's impeachable is whether you would call it a high crime or misdemeanor". Former President Richard Nixon's secret tapes were discovered during the Watergate investigation in 1972. And impeachment, the constitutionally enshrined method for removing a president, isn't likely as long as Republicans control Congress.
The FBI takes its counterintelligence mission extremely seriously, although it's usually less visible to the public than its law enforcement duties, which lead to arrests and criminal trials. He crossed the line, the Department of Justice noted before Trump fired Comey, in announcing he would reopen the Clinton investigation before the election. Under the Constitution, the president has a duty to "take Care that the laws be faithfully executed".