Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
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Donald Trump breaks silence on Comey testimony

Donald Trump breaks silence on Comey testimony

President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication".

Kasowitz is also drafting a similar submission to be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's Senate testimony Thursday and "other matters", the source told ABC news. When Trump was asked if that was true, he answered, "No. No". Is that a fair statement?

The Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives said on Friday there was no question President Donald Trump abused his power in interactions with former FBI Director James Comey but she said it remained to be seen if he had obstructed justice. Here are key moments. Trump tweeted Friday morning. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took in.

Comey didn't agree to almost three hours public of hearings to talk about whether the president was/is under investigation by the FBI, as it relates to Russian Federation meddling in the USA election. He was testifying that the president tried to interfere in that investigation, especially as it relates to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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Comey made clear he's pretty sure the president inappropriately meddled in the FBI investigation.

Trump said he never asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty and never told Comey he hoped the investigation of Flynn would go away. "But that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense".

"I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Comey said. "I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel", Comey told senators.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

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"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic, " Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. The facts that Comey declined to disclose appears to refer to an ongoing inquiry over whether Sessions failed to disclose a third meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during a April campaign event for then-presidential candidate Trump. "The only thing I could think to say, because I was playing in my mind - because I could remember every word he said - I was playing in my mind, what should my response be?" "There was not a counterintelligence investigation of Mr. Trump, and I decided in the moment to say it, given the nature of our conversation".

The White House has denied collusion with Moscow.

That backs up a key Trump/Republican talking point: When Trump finally acknowledged the intelligence community's universal conclusion that Russia interfered in the USA election, he did it with a "yeah, but" clause - the "yeah, but" being that there's no evidence any votes cast were changed by Russian hacking afterward.

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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Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances.

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