Trump declares 'vindication' following Comey testimony to Senate
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 19:23
Trump tweeted in his first comments since Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.The Republican president stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath.In the highly anticipated hearing, Comey delivered a scathing indictment of Trump, accusing him of trying to block a probe into ties between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, and saying the White House defamed him and the FBI in explaining his dismissal by Trump last month.The probe into Flynn was part of a wider FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with Trump campaign aides.
Trump said in May that China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the election, offering no evidence and countering the view of intelligence officials.
Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Mr Trump replied: "100 percent".
Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating Moscow's role in the election, including possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
But Comey also confirmed that Trump was not being probed.
"I didn't say that", Mr Trump said of the request regarding the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, "And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it".
Comey told the Senate that he did tell Trump he was not the subject of the counter-intelligence investigation.
Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information. "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.
Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the president, in series of teases. In the post, the president said: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindcaiton. and WOW, Comey is a leaker". At the hearing, Comey was asked about the memo whose contents were first appeared in The New York Times.
On May 30, Trump tweeted: "Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".
Sessions had to recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related probes at the Justice Department because he had not told Congress of his own contacts with Kislyak in 2016. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins".
Millions of Americans who watched James Comey testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday heard the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director describe infuriating, alarming, and uncomfortable meetings with President Trump.
The president had previewed his attacks against Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day's silence on his favourite social media megaphone.
During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him.
During a discussion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Comey disclosed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama administration appointee, instructed him to refer to the issue as a "matter", not an "investigation".
Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal". For CNN and MSNBC, the primary takeaways were Comey's concerns about presidential lies and pressures to be loyal.
Mr Comey arranged the leak on May 15th after he was sacked and after the May 3rd hearing so it would not be in direct conflict with that testimony.