Russian lawmaker scoffs at Comey testimony

Tucker argued that perhaps the most important revelation to emerge from Comey's testimony is that allegations about collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation are starting to look weaker than ever.

Former FBI Director James Comey gave the media enough to work with during Thursday's almost three-hour Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Trump's offer to testify heightens the drama of his standoff with Comey, who told senators that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty and had pressured him to drop a counterintelligence investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

While Trump's attorney issued a statement defending Trump and attacking Comey for the leak, and Trump's son Don Jr. tweeted throughout the hearing, the president himself remained silent on the subject and did not tweet all day. The White House has denied collusion with Moscow.

Collins told CNN's "New Day" that the president may have had the impression it was normal to speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief in private after Comey pulled him aside in January at Trump Tower to discuss an unsubstantiated dossier that contained salacious personal accusations against Trump.

In a Capitol Hill hearing room, the astonishing tableau unfolded of a former FBI director accusing the White House of "lies, plain and simple" and asserting that when the president suggested dropping an investigation into his former national security adviser, "I took it as a direction".

"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

And in one of recent history's more remarkable Rose Garden moments, Trump would not rule out that he has recordings of one or more of his private conversations with Comey.

Comey admitted his dark reading of Trump's intentions was based in part on "the nature of the man". "And I said, 'Why would I do that?' And she said, 'Just call it a matter'".

Russian Federation has denied such interference. Asked on Friday if he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of his interactions with Comey, Trump replied, "100 per cent".

I think anyone that hangs that hat on anything coming out of this administration is a bigger fool than that man running the country and I understand the proportion of foolery we are dealing with, which is why I want to make sure we aren't lead astray.

Karl: And you seem to be hinting there are recordings of those conversations.

In his testimony, Comey said he did not know whether there are tapes of his conversations with Trump but said he hoped there were and that they should be made public.

He added, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker", referring to the former director's admission that he had orchestrated the leak of the contents of a memo detailing Oval Office discussions with the president to the New York Times through a friend. Dershowitz went on to say that even if we don't like the President having that authority, he has that power and you can't turn a Constitutional power into a criminal act.

  • Larry Hoffman