Comey testimony leaves question about Sessions unanswered

Fired FBI director James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his conversations with President Donald Trump on Russian Federation can be summed up in one word: Newsworthy. The president told him, "I hope you can let this go", and he took it as more than a mere suggestion.

All of this yields a picture of a president who does not want all the facts known.

In the meantime, President Trump would do well to refrain from insinuating himself any further into this mess. He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier. Hard to believe that didn't undermine trust in Mr. Comey a tad, even though some Republicans on the Intelligence Committee lavished such praise on him you might have thought for a moment that he was on the "Team Red".

"I was just going to quote that", Senator King said.

"I think the situation is getting much more serious for Mr. Trump", said Jon Bond, a political science professor at Texas A&M University. "I was a bit stunned, and didn't have the presence of mind", he said. She did take issue, though, with Comey's claim that Trump is less than honest.

And some of Comey's testimony, like an exchange with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, bolstered Mr. Trump's claims that he did not obstruct. He had no reason to take on the president save for his concern that there be no White House interference into ongoing investigations into Russian espionage.

Comey's statement resonated Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Trump's core supporters are hunkering down for a fight. "We're under siege. but we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever", he said.

"We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling", he added.

President Donald Trump refused to make a declarative statement about the alleged tapes of his meeting with former FBI Director James Comey that may or may not exist. The paper reported Trump had asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leak should be investigated along with all those others being investigated".

Ryan said Trump may not have been "steeped" enough in the FBI's independence from the White House. The administration's alternative explanations - including that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray and was being poorly led - were, he said, "lies, plain and simple". Also, Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them.

The House Intelligence Committee has submitted two letters to the administration related to the Comey revelations surrounding his meetings with Trump: one to the Department of Justice's special counsel Robert Mueller for Comey's personal memos, and a second to White House counsel Don McGahn, requesting information on any possible "recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump".

The Senate Judiciary Committee had previously asked Comey to provide those memos, but said it did not receive them.

Former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to assess whether Russian Federation tried to intervene in the election after a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee in July 2016 and the publication of thousands of hacked personal emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager in the month before the November 8 election.

Trump: I'm not hinting anything.

Comey knew the whole thing could come down to his word against the president's, and he wanted the memos to serve as proof of his version of events.

By referring to "total and complete vindication", the president was likely thinking of Comey's confirmation Thursday that, as NPR's Jessica Taylor reports, "there was no counterintelligence nor criminal investigation of Trump individually and that the president was not personally under investigation".

  • Leroy Wright