James Comey Just Dropped a Big Clue in the Russia Investigation
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 6:02
"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic, " Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.
Trump was expected to face journalists later Friday in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is visiting the White House.
Breaking his all-day silence on the testimony on Thursday, Trump tweeted around 5am CT about his feelings on the testimony-which brought to light several matters that will continue to be part of the growing probe into whether or not Russian Federation had ties to Trump's presidential campaign or interfered in any way with the 2016 election. "At this point they've not turned anything over but have also not confirmed that they exist or do not exist and so we ought to subpoena them". While disputing Comey's testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as "just an excuse" for Democrats to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russian Federation.
After each of his seven one-on-one meetings and phone calls with the president, Comey said, he detailed the interaction in a memo because he believed that Trump might lie about what had happened.
Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to obtain any tapes the president might have of his dealings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Comey said it was that tweet that prompted him to leak his written recollections of his conversations with President Trump.
During the highly charged hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a blunt-talking Comey said that he was "confused" when Trump said in May that he was firing him over the plummeting morale at the agency - a stunning dismissal that left Washington reeling.
Having dealt that sick burn, the president will presumably get around to sharing all the promises he made in Cincinnati on Wednesday, as part of his infrastructure week talks. The FBI director, unlike other federal officials, is appointed for a 10-year term.
President Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file a complaint with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General asking for an inquiry into James Comey over his leaking the details of his conversations with the president and the memos about those conversations, according to a source close to the Trump legal team.
The Republican President stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath at the hearing, which occurred a month after Trump fired him on May 9.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct", Comey testified. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took in.
Russian Federation has denied such interference.
No Republican senator was prepared to question Comey's credibility or integrity.