Five things we learned from James Comey's testimony about Trump
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 11:35
"He was there, he heard the president's tone and saw his body language - things that shape whatever the president was trying to express, " Cohen said.
"The president tweeted on Friday, after I got fired, that I'd better hope there's not tapes", Comey said. Sam Erwin, the Congressional leader of the Watergate hearings, almost 45 years ago-poppycock.
The president, in a speech a few kilometers from the White House and on his favorite social media platform, made no reference to James Comey, who accused Trump of removing him from his job to undermine the FBI's investigation into suspected collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign team and Russian Federation.
But here we are, and nary a peep.
So it confused me when I saw on television the president saying that he actually fired me because of the Russia investigation, and learned again from the media that he was telling privately other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian investigation.
In response to James Comey's testimony, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday, "The president is not a liar". Which is just a couple of breaths short of an order.
About two hours after Comey's testimony ended, Marc Kasowitz, Trump's outside counsel, categorically refuted that the president pressured Comey to halt the Flynn investigation, or, in a meeting in January, demanded the director's "loyalty" in exchange for keeping his job.
"My judgment was, I need to get [his memo] out into the public square", he said.
"Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers", he said. Kasowitz, standing before a throng of reporters, was not under oath.
In short, this is far from over.
"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting", said Comey. Yet Comey swatted that away, saying he was shocked by the request and interpreted Trump's statement as an instruction.
This decision underlined Comey's belief that the president was capable of lying to the American people, and that Comey needed to set the record straight in ways he did not feel needed to be done when he worked in capacities for either presidents Obama or Bush.
Multiple senators questioned the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director on why he responded the way he did.
Kasowitz says Trump's team will "leave it the appropriate authorities" to determine whether the leak should be investigated. Wittes says he did not speak to the Times at Comey's behest, but Wittes' description of the March 27 lunch made it clear that Comey had concerns about Trump in real time, and not just in the wake of his firing.
"I believed he might lie about the details of our encounters", Comey testified.
At the same time, speaking in Washington in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition (FCC), Mr Trump said he takes elections seriously and will do everything to ensure they will be conducted without interference from anyone.
However, since "Trump was Comey's boss, he could have simply ordered Comey to lay off Flynn", McBride said, which he argued "makes it harder to prove obstruction".