Trump declares 'total vindication' in tweet on Comey

Washington- The testimony of former director of the FBI James Comey in a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday kept the doors open to speculations concerning US President Donald Trump's interference in the investigation on collusion with Russian Federation.

In a remarkable series of exchanges with senior United States senators, Comey said he felt Trump had directed him, not advised, to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

The complaint will focus on testimony Comey gave on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he said that he gave an unclassified memo detailing a conversation between himself and the president to a friend to give to the media, CNN reported Friday.

Comey also said he asked a friend to share with the media the contents of memos he had written about his conversations with Trump, saying he thought the move would lead to the naming of a special counsel to investigate Russia's interference in the USA presidential election.

Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Trump is also expected to face journalists later Friday in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is visiting the White House.

Mr. Trump, according to Mr. Comey, defended Mr. Flynn, saying "he is a good guy".

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has concerns about President Donald Trump's "fitness for office" - and thinks he needs more sleep.

The White House may claim today's testimony is a technical exoneration. He added: "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things he said just weren't true".

Allegations of Russian intervention in the US Presidential polls has been one of the most embarrassing moments for the mighty intelligence community.

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers and other critics say Comey's clams that Trump leaned on him to somehow drop the Russian Federation investigation could amount to an obstruction of justice.

The New York Times says it's "looking into" a February article in which it claimed us intelligence officials had intercepted multiple communications between Trump campaign aides and senior Russian intelligence officials prior to last year's election.

"The president never suggested that Mr. Comey, quote, 'Let Flynn go, '" Kasowitz said.

"Privileged" communications refer to the Comey memos - the notes he wrote about his conversations with President Trump.

The tweet from Trump about Comey claiming total vindication was a milestone for the president in one way: It ended Trump's second-longest tweet drought since he became a presidential candidate, falling just three minutes shy of the all-time mark.

US President Donald Trump smiles during the Infrastructure Summit with Governors and Mayors at the White House in Washington, US, June 8, 2017.

  • Leroy Wright