James Comey accuses the White House of lying
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:35
Comey's detailed account of five of the nine one-on-one meetings or phone calls he had with Trump before he was sacked on May 9 raised fresh concerns that the president may have sought to obstruct a criminal investigation, a potential crime. Yet, in the course of detailed, damaging insights about his conversations with the President, Mr Comey portrayed a commander-in-chief whom he could not trust.
Stone, Manafort and Page have all come out and offered to tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation what they know.
While Comey testified that he indeed told Trump on numerous occasions he was not personally under investigation, he also indicated Trump is now under scrutiny by Special Counsel Bob Mueller for possible obstruction of justice.
Comey said that he declined to do so in large part because of the "duty to correct" that would be created if that situation changed. Comey did acknowledge that he himself leaked a memo he'd written in which Trump told Comey "I hope you can let this go", referring to the pending investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey testified that during that dinner, Trump asked Comey to pledge personal loyalty to him, saying, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty".
Kasowitz also slammed Comey for admitting he had allowed a friend to leak his memos to the press in hopes the revelations would spur appointment of a special counsel to the Russian Federation investigation. But into the void stepped Donald Trump, Jr., who's now running his father's businesses and whose own feed offers an instructive glimpse into the conservative sphere's take on the Comey hearing.
Thursday on Fox News Channel's special coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace said while Comey's testimony was good news legally for President Donald Trump, "politically" he thought it was "very damaging". He said: "The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr Comey "let Flynn go". Said the president: "When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".
Comey accused the Trump administration of telling "lies" and trying to "defame me and more importantly the FBI" in the weeks since his firing. Thus one big question going into the hearing was how Comey knew that Sessions was compromised. Sen. "President, this is wrong, '?" "There is no fuzz on that", Comey said. "I took it as a direction".
The Republican National Committee worked aggressively to discredit Mr Comey ahead of the hearing and as it unfolded. Clinton has blamed her defeat on Comey's October 28 announcement that he was re-opening the investigation of her email practices. "That happened. That's about as un-fake as you can possibly get", Comey said. "When I said we had 'opened a matter, ' they all reported the FBI has opened an investigation". Democratic lawmakers, some of whom were already concerned that Sessions' involvement in Comey's May 9 firing violated his recusal, said they would make it a top priority. Some legal experts say that's wishful thinking.
"There should be no fuzz on this".
In his testimony, Mr. Comey stated that he was "not ***** in, any such matters described".
Trump has begrudgingly accepted the USA intelligence assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the election.