Trump punches back, accuses Comey of lying to Congress
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 11:06
On Friday, the leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee's investigation said they had asked Comey for his notes and memos about his discussions with Trump, and asked the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey. We are doing really well.
"It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Mr Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee. "And some of the things that he said just weren't true". Comey said that Trump asked him specifically whether he could drop the investigation with respect to Flynn, the former national security adviser whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.
His tweet aside, Trump did not mention the Russian Federation probe during an infrastructure speech Friday at the U.S. Transportation Department, but did say he wants people in public service to "rise above the petty partisan squabbling that plagues our nation" and focus on fixing problems.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's.
Mr Comey also said Mr Trump asked him in January to pledge loyalty to the President, an unusual request that would put in doubt the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Donald Trump may be crowing that former FBI Director James Comey's Thursday testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee somehow vindicated him (it didn't), but Comey laid a trail of breadcrumbs that congressional committees are now following.
The president has not yet publicly denied the specifics of Comey's accounts but has broadly challenged his credibility, tweeting last month Comey "better hope there are no "tapes" of the conversations. At the time, Comey said, the attorney general was weighing his recusal from all matters related to the Russia investigation - largely for his failure to acknowledge two previous meetings with the Russian ambassador during his January confirmation hearing - and for other "facts" the former director said he could not disclose in a public session.
In a startling disclosure, Comey revealed that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel's appointment by giving one of his memos about Trump to a friend of his to release to the press. "I'm very anxious about his fitness".
If they do, they asked that copies of the materials be provided to the panel by June 23.
The revelations came as Comey delivered his much anticipated first public telling of his relationship with Trump, speaking at a packed Senate intelligence committee hearing that brought Washington and parts of the country to a standstill as all eyes were glued to screens showing the testimony.
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"
Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's affirmation that he told Trump he was not personally under investigation. On Friday he said he was "committing the United States to Article 5".
"And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible".
"That's a great question", Comey said.