Comey testimony: Trump says vindicated, detractors allege obstruction


Attorney General Jeff Sessions is firing back at former FBI Director James Comey, after he suggested in Thursday's hearing that there might be more than meets the eye to the AG's recusal from the Russian Federation probe.

In his next Twitter posting, Trump went after Comey.

"Given Attorney General Sessions' participation in President Trump's campaign, it was for that reason, and that reason alone" Sessions made the March 2 decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, Prior said.

James Comey is a 30-year career law enforcement officer and prosecutor with a reputation as straight shooter. Comey testified that Trump told him, in a private Oval Office conversation on February 14, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"Some of the things he said just weren't true", Trump said, adding he is "100 per cent" willing to "speak under oath" to give his version of those events.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

At a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, US President Donald Trump affirmed his commitment to protecting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies against possible Russian military incursions and made it clear that his problem with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is purely monetary.

Then a day after firing his first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump after "kicking out" the Vice President and his chief of staff told him, "I hope you can let Flynn go".

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MARTIN: So I think it is fair to say that there was nearly a Super Bowl-type feeling in Washington on Thursday.

Neil Cavuto pointed out that Trump's request for a private dinner with Comey raised some people's eyebrows, but Bondi said it makes sense that the new president would want to meet with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Several people who know both men say they respect each other".

The president expressed surprise over Comey's revelation, too. Even if Trump didn't understand what he was doing, Comey certainly did: The president was trying to use his authority to shield a former aide and close confidant from legal scrutiny.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" fired a twitchy thumbed Trump on the morrow.

Comey revealed to Congress in March that the bureau was investigating "possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign", yet he flatly refused to tell the public, until his testimony on Thursday, that Trump wasn't under investigation.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. "I'm not hinting anything". I didn't want him thinking I was briefing him on this to sort of hang it over him in some way. Trump himself provided the basis for Comey's position.

Trump also saluted the United States' relationship with Romania and praised its contribution to the global fight against terror. Talk about meddling: Comey was especially unnerved in the February 14 meeting when Trump cleared the room to be alone with Comey. "My judgment was I needed to get that out in the public square so I asked a friend of mine to share the contents of the memos with a reporter ..."

As a result of the leak, on May 11, The New York Times published an article with the eloquent title "In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty". Standing in front of a twisted beam taken from the ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11 attack on the US, Trump spent most of the speech imploring North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to pay their fair share for the common defense.