Donald Trump Jr. rips Comey's testimony

But senators are still anxious to hear directly from Comey and to question him about details of his conversations with Trump and why he kept those details quiet for months.

Comey seized center stage in a compelling national political drama as he testified that as soon as he met the President-elect during the transition, he chose to create a written record of their meetings. Though Comey said he interpreted Trump's comments as a directive to shut down the Flynn investigation, Kasowitz also maintained in his written statement that Comey's testimony showed that the president "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey 'let Flynn go'".

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of his private conversations with President Donald Trump, implying they would offer corroboration of his testimony at a blockbuster Senate hearing.

"I want the American people to know this truth: The FBI is honest, the FBI is strong, and the FBI is an always will be independent", he said.

The subject matter I was talking about, matters that touch on the FBI's core responsibility, and that relate to the president - the president-elect personally - and then the nature of the person. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, 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". The Washington Post reported Trump may use his Twitter account to post reactions to Comey's live testimony. Trump's consistent elisions of the truth have been obvious to many for more than a year. "You were the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who are you kidding?"

Comey also said that he was disturbed that the President repeatedly raised the issue of his wanting to keep his job and interpreted it as a sign that the President hoped to get something in return.

"My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which was why he was lingering". "I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

  • Larry Hoffman