Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Breaking Twitter Silence, Trump Sees Lies, Vindication in 'Leaker' Comey's Testimony


Trump's frequently impulsive and incendiary tweets may galvanize his base of supporters, but they create political headaches in Washington for him and his staff. Trump's advisers have conceded that his comments about Comey and the Russian Federation investigations have sometimes been unhelpful to the president's cause and only expanded "the cloud" over them, using one of Trump's phrases for the controversies that surround the White House.

"I don't think he needs to be in front of the cameras".

Dan Rather, speaking on MSNBC, said the President was at the point where he was going have to say: "I am not a liar".

Trump's personal lawyer in relation to the Russian Federation probes, Marc Kasowitz, has indicated he'll file complaints with both the Department of Justice and the Senate Judiciary Committee related to Comey's decision to feed information about his Trump memos to the New York Times via an intermediary.

Jill Wine-Banks, a former Watergate prosecutor, questioned why Republican-led congressional committees have not issued subpoenas for the tapes.

"I asked - the president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes. And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say that, according to everything I read today".

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He also said that he took it as a "directive" when Trump asked him, in a room he had cleared of a cabinet member and senior advisers, to "let this go" regarding an investigation of Flynn.

Comey portrayed Trump as dismissive of the FBI's independence.

Former FBI director James Comey speaks during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" he wrote. And Mulaney insisted on his own optimism even as Colbert pressed him to share his thoughts on the current shitstorm that is American politics, likening President Trump to "a horse loose in a hospital".

Trump confidante and one-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized fired FBI Director James Comey for releasing information regarding his interactions with the President through a friend, rather than giving it directly to the media. USA law enforcement officials said Comey had discussed his testimony with Mueller's investigative team to ensure it did not interfere with the special counsel's probe.

The Trump White House had been considering Robert Mueller III as a top candidate to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation before the deputy us attorney general changed course and tapped Mueller to serve as special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year's election, two sources familiar with the process told NPR.

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Comey did tell the Senate Intelligence Committee that he handed his memos about meetings with Trump over to Mueller's office. They sent a separate request to Trump's White House counsel, Don McGahn, for any record the White House had of their meetings.

Kathleen Clark, who teaches law at Washington University in St. Louis and is a specialist in government ethics, noted that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, prior to appointing Mueller, wrote a memo making the case for firing Comey.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's. "And some of the things he said just weren't true".

On Capitol Hill, Republican allies were relieved by Trump's relative calm.

"There's no question he abused power", Pelosi said.

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