Trump declares 'total vindication' in tweets on Comey

Trump had uncharacteristically not addressed Comey's allegations on Thursday, but his Friday comments came ahead of a scheduled joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump tweeted, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that Trump's response wasn't accurate.

Comey would not say whether he thought Trump tried to obstruct justice, leaving that determination to Mueller. But Comey also tossed off some intriguingly ambiguous comments about one Trump associate in particular: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Former FBI director James Comey on Thursday stated in his testimony before a congressional panel that President Donald Trump fired him in an attempt to undermine the investigations into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russian Federation.

Guess what? Now we have a special counsel, who has wide latitude and the FBI's resources to investigate whatever he wants under the umbrella of Trump and Russian Federation, including any potential obstruction of justice.

"The information [about a third meeting] is based in part on Russian-to-Russian intercepts where the meeting was discussed", people familiar with the information told CNN.

But it was a Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who asked the question that many Republicans have raised in the weeks since Comey's firing as one media leak followed another revealing Comey's claims about Trump's inappropriate interactions with him.

"The president is not a liar", the White House spokeswoman said in defense of the man who claimed that Hillary Clinton started the Obama birther movement, that voter fraud is running rampant and that the unemployment rate was 42 percent when, at the time, it stood at just over 5 percent.

Comey said he shared an unclassified memo of their conversation about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

Marc Kasowitz is responding to Mr Comey's Thursday morning testimony, in which the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director said President Trump urged him to drop the Flynn case.

"Absolutely, the president has confidence in all of his cabinet and if he didn't, they wouldn't be here", Sanders said on Thursday.

After assuring Trump that he "loved my work and meant to stay and serve out my 10-year term", Comey said he became anxious when Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty".

And he denied that he asked Comey for his loyalty, though he added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it".

"It's a pretty powerful statement that an investigator with his background (says) when I look at this investigation, this is what I conclude". His rationale was that his role as a high-profile surrogate and advisor for the Trump campaign made it inappropriate for him to be involved in an investigation of that same campaign, a rationale which received little pushback, except reportedly from the president himself.

  • Zachary Reyes