"Now it's a credibility contest between him and the president, and I think it's safe to say Comey is winning that contest". "The attorney general was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the F.B.I. and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House".
On Thursday, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee the president asked him to "let go" of the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and to "lift the cloud" of the ongoing Russian Federation probe.
Trump had fired Comey on May 9, in a move suspected by many as an attempt to put curbs on an ongoing investigation into White House officials.
Kasowitz also denied that Trump told Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty", as Comey claimed. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on May 11 that one of the reasons Comey was sacked was because "most importantly, rank and file of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had lost confidence in their director".
The former FBI director, in prepared remarks released Wednesday, said he told Trump three times that he was not personally under investigation, testimony that Republicans trumpeted as the day's most important news.
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" "It makes a big difference what the exact words were, the tone of the president, the context of the conversation".
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"There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever, the Russians interfered in our election", Comey said.
Daniel Richman later confirmed to Reuters he was the one to whom Comey referred in his testimony.
The bottom line after Comey's testimony: Unless the special prosecutor or one of the congressional committees finds a hot, smoking gun, the Republicans will never start an impeachment proceeding against Trump, no matter how fervently liberals across America long for it. Comey did not provide that gun. In early March, a week after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, the Huffington Post reported on a "likely" third meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel near the White House.
During nearly three hours of extraordinarily frank statements before a Senate committee Thursday, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior in several meetings.
"The question for the American people is: Who do you trust?"
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".
Trump, when asked about the possibility of those tapes during a press conference on Friday afternoon, would not rule out his earlier claim that his conversations with Comey may have been recorded. 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". Trump didn't specify why he thought Comey lied and how he was vindicated.