Comey hearing: Former FBI director to share details on conversations with Trump

On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey revealed that former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told him to downplay the investigation into Clinton's emails.

Provided in summary in his written testimony to the Senate intelligence committee, they were written just after his conversations with Trump, when his memory was fresh and his ability to recall details at its sharpest.

The investigation has focused on possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign aides and the dissemination of fake news articles hostile to Hillary Clinton and of emails stolen from the accounts of Democratic Party workers during the presidential campaign.

He also is expected to bring in tax experts, possibly to look at Trump's tax returns, which Trump has refused to make public.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

Comey also said multiple times during the hearing that Trump himself was not under investigation.

Trump on Friday night (NZT) also said he was shocked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director had "leaked" a story to the media after he had fired him.

Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account Thursday as Comey accused the administration of spreading "lies", struck back with an early morning tweet in which he said, "Wow, Comey is a leaker".

Sitting alone at a small table facing a bank of senators who fired question after question, Comey gave short, deliberative answers.

"I don't think it's wrong to ask for loyalty of anyone inside an administration", Burr said.

Comey described how he had documented his conversations with Trump, in which he said the president asked for his "loyalty" and for him to end the inquiry into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned in February over discrepancies in his explanations for contacts with Russia's ambassador.

The White House stood behind Sessions. Comey said he wanted to spur the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the investigation.

Asked specifically if anyone ever asked him to stop the Russian Federation probe, Comey replied: "No".

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar and frankly am insulted by that question", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

But the speaker of the House refused to denounce Trump's decisions or conversations with Comey by citing the president's lack of experience in governance as justification.

But Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to sympathize with Trump, telling a news conference that "the president's new at this". He is scheduled to testify on Tuesday in a committee hearing about the 2018 budget for the Department of Justice - but it's a pretty sure bet that Russian Federation will come up.

"I also believe the Holocaust was the most significant event in history, not just because it was a display of inhumanity, but because it was also the most horrific display of our humanity - our true capacity for evil and for moral surrender", he said.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say. "The president knows if he taped me, and if he did, my feelings aren't hurt". However, it still remains unclear what exactly Trump was referring to as Comey accused him of many things during his hearing. In a statement read to reporters, Marc Kasowitz, the president's outside attorney, slammed the "leak" and categorically denied that Trump ever "directed or suggested" that Comey stop investigating anyone.

Both the conversation between Trump and Comey about Flynn and the firing itself were obstructive acts, she said.

  • Zachary Reyes