Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

NBC10 Gets Inside Look of Comey's Capitol Hill Testimony Room

The Justice Department says Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation only because he was involved in President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey said in his statement that in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on Feb.14, Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn that is part of a wider probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But proving obstruction of justice is hard even in ordinary circumstances.

Following the hearing, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted Comey's comments regarding Trump's truthfulness.

"Mr. Comey's remarks during his testimony confirmed the facts that I have stated for nearly a month now", Green said in a written statement. Trump avoided directly responding to the explosive accusations, defiantly telling supporters at a religious event in the capital: "We are going to fight and win".

The president himself was uncharacteristically restrained during the Comey hearing. Lawmakers started the hearing with a call for unity of goal but the pretense of bipartisanship soon fell away.

But even the steady, crisp rhythm of his answers could not hide what lay beneath the surface: Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump last month wounded and angered him. At the hearing, Comey said he and his team "decided the best move would be to hold [the memo], keep it in a box".

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"What the president whispered in my ear was, I really look forward to working with you.Im sitting there thinking, three times weve already talked about me staying". "I can definitively say the president's not a liar", she said. Comey said there was more he could say about Sessions that he could not discuss in an open hearing.

Asked if Trump ever demanded the Russian Federation investigation be shut down, Comey flatly replied "No".

"President Trump, if you disagree with anything the director said today, play the tapes for all of America to hear, or admit that there were no tapes", Schumer continued.

"I took it as a direction".

"I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Comey said, referring to the special counsel now overseeing the federal investigation. I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it. He said he documented the January 6 conversation based on a "gut feeling" about "the nature of the person" he had just met. He said he agreed because he didn't think it was "a hill worth dying on". "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning".

At the same time, he strongly suggested obstruction. Senators across the board attempted to zero in on Russia's actions into the election, which are at the heart of their investigation. "And I'm just waiting for the day when someone can say, 'Is there evidence?'"

Comey added, "Those were lies, plain and simple". In their last conversation on April 11, Trump was still pleading for the blind loyalty he thought Comey had promised him.

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He was later surprised when Trump suggested he had taped the conversations.

Risch: He said, "I hope". Comey noted that he wanted to create interest in a special counsel.

Comey said that after that tweet, he gave the details of the February 14 meeting memo to a friend at Columbia University who could leak it to a reporter. "And my judgment was I needed to get that out in the public square so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter".

His reason for doing so was to prompt the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation in to whether Mr Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election. "That is a big deal".

Comey admitted to orchestrating leaks from the investigation to the media using a network of friends.

"He said, how about 6:30?" "I think this whole story is a massive lie, I think it's mass hysteria at its worst, and I think it's scary how people can get so irrational".


"In retrospect I love my wife I would rather have been at dinner with her."


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