Trump says Comey testimony showed 'no obstruction'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 20:24
Donald Trump Jr., who still doesn't know how to sit properly on a stool, awkwardly perched himself on the set of Justice with Judge Jeanine Saturday night where he unwittingly implicated his father and corroborated former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony before Congress.
All of which leads to the important follow-up questions: how exactly does Donald Trump Jr. know what the president told Comey in the Oval Office? "I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?"
Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice. Mr Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Ms Collins said.
Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, had set a Friday deadline for Richman to respond after Comey testified that he gave the memo to him and asked him to anonymously disclose it to the media in an attempt to prompt the naming of a special counsel.
The move to focus on leaks comes as the Russian Federation investigation proceeds on multiple tracks - one investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and others being led by Capitol Hill committees including the Senate intelligence panel that heard from Comey last week.
He was later surprised when Trump suggested he had taped the conversations. In his Friday remarks, Trump, who is known to have recorded conversations as a businessman, did not deny their existence.
With trademark flair, Comey told the committee, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of his conversations with Trump. "I will tell you, I didn't say that", the president told ABC News's Jonathan Karl.
He knows it; Comey knows it; everyone knows and Trump confirmed it Friday during a Rose Garden news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Comey also said that he believed the president had fired him because of the Russian Federation probe, told "lies" about his record at the bureau and sought to redirect the probe away from former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Comey told Congress under oath he believed he was sacked to influence his investigation into the Trump campaign.
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, adding, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said.
Trump replied: "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".
Mr Kasowitz is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general next week, according to a person close to the legal team.