When a reporter asked about Comey, Trump again said he never asked for the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe to be dropped - an act that experts say could constitute an obstruction of justice. I think that is hard for the president. According to James Comey, 'All I can do is waiting.
We learned from Comey that Flynn was under criminal investigation, vulnerable to a charge that he lied to FBI agents who interviewed him about his contacts with Russian officials, well before he was forced to resign February 13.
Comey's wariness of trusting the president became something of a theme.
Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to obtain any tapes the president might have of his dealings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "Trump is a fighter, he's a brawler and he's the best counter puncher in American politics". The walls defending the White House have so far just about held, but the cracks are getting bigger by the day.
The famous "smoking gun tape" that doomed President Richard M. Nixon was recorded in the Oval Office in June 1972, the week after White House operatives were arrested breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had to recuse himself from the investigation. Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.
After Trump fired Comey, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.
Former FBI director James Comey is greeted by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.at the beginning of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.
Earlier Friday, Trump said via Twitter that Comey's testimony Thursday before the Senate Committee on Intelligence supported his statements. "I took it as, this is what he wants me to do". This sparked a new round of Nixon comparisons and congressional requests for any secret White House recordings.
Comey said Trump himself called him to a dinner on January 27, during which he asked him for a pledge of loyalty.More news: Warriors One Game away from NBA Title
More news: Top Intel Officials Dodge Questions On Trump's Alleged Interference In Russia Probe
More news: Daniel Coats: 'I Have Never Been Pressured' By Trump To Intervene
Comey recalled that Trump and the White House gave shifting explanations for why he was dismissed, first saying it was over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016, then saying it was the Russian Federation investigation, and finally declaring Comey was a poor leader disliked by the FBI staff. You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said.
Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said Comey's testimony proved the president was not under any investigation and there was no evidence a single vote was changed as a result of Russian interference in last year's election.
"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.
"Did I miss something or did Comey just say he asked a friend to leak information to the press?" asked Trump Jr. But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.
Kasowitz disputed those points and attacked Comey for leaking "privileged communications" to the media. Also, Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
For the moment, Republicans appear to be sticking with the president.
But at the Omni Shoreham Hotel a few miles from the White House, where evangelical and conservative activists gathered for the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority summit, there was no doubt about feelings toward Trump.
Mr. Comey got down to his real mission in claiming that Mr. Trump had ordered him to drop the FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And in testimony that exposed deep distrust between the president and the veteran lawman, Comey described intense discomfort about their one-on-one conversations, saying he decided he immediately needed to document the discussions in memos.
Comey drove that message home when asked how we could move beyond the he said-he said situation.
Both the conversation between Trump and Comey about Flynn and the firing itself were obstructive acts, she said.