Trump calls ex-FBI director Comey a 'leaker' after testimony

Comey told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had hoped to prod the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, which occurred last month.

Comey said a decision was made not report to Sessions a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into Flynn, whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.

Comey, a veteran career official at the FBI who was well respected by both Democrats, Republicans, and nearly every public servant he has worked with, put his name, his credibility, his honor and perhaps even his freedom on the line, when he told the committee that Trump had been lying, and that he was asked by the president to drop the Flynn investigation.

The Republican president took to twitter earlier in the day, claiming "total and complete vindication".

Trump ignored a question on how he could accuse Comey of lying on one hand, and being truthful on the other.

But Comey also confirmed that Trump was not being probed.

Stating that Trump had never tried to pressure Comey into ending the probe into Flynn's behavior, Kasowitz added, "The president also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance".

Does Trump have the "tapes" he tweeted about against Comey, which Comey was hoping Trump would be issued a subpoena for? The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has said the decision was now in the hands of special counsel Mueller.

Trump's outside lawyer insisted Thursday that it was Comey who lied when he detailed conversations between himself and the President, raising the suggestion that Comey committed perjury while testifying under oath.

"I think Director Comey made a strong impression", he said.

They separately wrote the White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether the recordings exist, and if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) renewed her call on Friday for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSenate Dems: Investigate any obstruction of justice on Comey, Russia Ex-AG: Comey, Sessions were "failing to do their job" The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE to step down from his role at the Justice Department amid reports that he may have held a third undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador.

"Nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him", he said.

  • Leroy Wright