Donald Trump still standing, but damaged by James Comey's testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed hearing this afternoon that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia's ambassador to the USA, according to people familiar with the briefing. Trump, who did not post anything about the hearing before Comey's appearance in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey said of Sessions, "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting, that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".

Comey acknowledged under questioning that Trump did not order him to stop the investigation of Flynn's connections with Russian Federation, but said, "I took it as direction".

However, he said former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's statement Thursday that Trump had said he hoped Comey could "let this go" after asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior adviser Jared Kushner to leave the room is concerning. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting so I thought it really important to document".

Olbermann, the volatile host of GQ's "The Resistance", laid out the case that Comey all but said President Donald Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and links to Russia's election meddling.

The former FBI director said he interpreted that "as a direction to get rid of this investigation". "I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in". Career Justice Department officials had been recommending he step aside, Comey said. While nonverbal cues aren't as easy to record in a written statement, DeLong suggested that future lawyers take note and pay attention to those aspects of a conversation.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey remarked at one point, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over any claims from the president.

Daniel Richman, a professor of criminal law at Columbia, confirmed to Reuters he was the person referred to in Comey's testimony.

It highlighted Mr Comey's admission that after he was sacked he asked a friend to leak details of a memo about a White House meeting he had with the president to the media.

"It's a great question", Comey replied. After Comey's morning of testimony on Capitol Hill, any honest investigation will have to include the president himself. New York Times reporters corroborated Comey's timeline on Thursday after Kasowitz's statement.

The problem for Trump is that Comey is an experienced public servant with a reputation for rectitude, while Trump is a serial prevaricator whose campaign is now being investigated not only by two congressional committees but by a special counsel whose mandate could be expanded to include the circumstances of Comey's dismissal.

And now for some rare kind words about members of Congress: Overall, the senators questioning Comey behaved in a manner that could be described by such last-century terms as "bipartisan" and "patriotic".

A central - and unresolved - question from the hearing revolves around whether President Donald Trump was trying to derail the Russian Federation investigation by pressuring, and ultimately firing, the man in charge. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's affirmation that he told Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Even before Comey's cryptic reference Thursday, Democratic senators had been raising more questions about Sessions' contacts with Kislyak.

  • Zachary Reyes