Trump lawyer criticises Comey's leak to news media

Following Comey's testimony, Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz sharply criticised Comey for leaking what he called "privileged communications" between the president and the then-FBI director.

Comey said the president asked him for "loyalty" during a White House dinner and to lay off Flynn - who is under criminal investigation - imploring Comey to "let this go".

Tucker argued that perhaps the most important revelation to emerge from Comey's testimony is that allegations about collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation are starting to look weaker than ever. "R$3 epeatedly, and up to the day he was sacked, Comey says there is no evidence that led to an investigation of Donald Trump". "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation is being conducted".

A Tennessee Republican congresswoman today praised President Donald Trump for having fired then-FBI Director James Comey last month following the former director's dramatic Senate testimony this morning that he was canned because of the agency's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and ties to the Trump campaign.

Comey's testimony that Trump pressed him for a loyalty oath in exchange for job security speaks to Trump's possible intent, which Chris Anders of the American Civil Liberties Union, an outspoken critic of the president, says is a key part of making a case for obstruction of justice.

Asked if the president's actions amount to obstruction of justice: "I don't know".

Daniel Richman, a Columbia University law professor and close friend of Comey, has confirmed he leaked contents of one of Comey's memos to The New York Times.

"I've seen the tweet about the tapes", Comey said.

Discussing the Oval Office meeting where Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Feinstein asked: "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr".

"He's not steeped in the long running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ (Department of Justice), FBI and White Houses". "You understand that. But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever".

However, Comey was likewise clear that Trump did not continue to pressure him to drop the investigation after this one meeting, and that afterward, when Comey asked him to follow proper protocols on requests, Trump complied.

"Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving the administration", Kasowitz said.

But Kasowitz refuted that claim, saying "the public record reveals the New York Times was quoting from the memos the day before the referenced tweet which belies Mr. Comey's excuse for disclosure of the privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory".

Comey said he had conceded that Flynn was a "good guy" but did not commit to freezing any investigations.

Several senators on the panel, including Republicans Marco Rubio and Jim Risch, didn't cast doubt on the veracity of Trump's comments to Comey in the Oval Office, but attempted to downplay the significance of what the president told the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

To this Comey said the FBI was investigating as fast as possible but believed it to be a bad idea to make public statements primarily because "it would create a duty to correct, should that change".

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar and frankly am insulted by that question", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a briefing at the White House. I took it as this is what he wants me to do.

He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said we're still learning about more about contact between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation, including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

  • Arturo Norris