Trump '100%' Willing To Testify About Comey Discussions

In the hearing, Comey did not disclose any links between Trump advisers and alleged Russian meddling.Russia has denied such interference.

"My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square".

Comey told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Trump because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document."Comey testified that Trump told him on January 26 he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the next month urged him to drop the Flynn probe".

Claiming "total and complete vindication", Trump broke his Twitter silence Friday morning to weigh in on fired FBI Director James Comey's closely watched testimony. He also admitted that he had leaked to the press memos describing his talks with Trump, saying he hoped the stories would spur the appointment of a special counsel to take over the investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. Disseminating unclassified information is generally not considered leaking and the President did not assert executive privilege over Comey's testimony.

Comey said Thursday the president's tweet that said Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of their conversations had compelled him to share a memo he wrote.

In a combative statement, Marc Kasowitz lashed out at the media, accusing the press of misreporting his claim that Comey gave false testimony.

Trump says he's willing to speak with the special counsel investigating Russian government efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election.

Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday. "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", Trump responded.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on the admission, casting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as one of the "leakers" set on undermining the Trump administration.

While Trump's staunchest supporters have tried to paint Comey's testimony as vindication for the president, few Republicans who don't work for Trump stepped in to defend the president's version of his contacts with Comey.

"Not only because of his problematic contact with Russians", he said, "but also because he failed to safeguard and protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the Department of Justice when he learned about the meeting in which the President of the United States in effect had inappropriate conversations with Director Comey". She called Comey an "honorable individual".

Trump also said he didn't ask Comey to pledge his loyalty. But, she said, he was wrong to leak his notes to the public and should have given that document to her panel.

  • Salvatore Jensen