Will Trump Testify? Comey's Senate Hearing May Have Started A Chain Reaction

"Be fair, Jon", he said.

"There's no - 'Hey, I'm hoping - You and I are friends".

Mr Comey told the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Mr Trump pressed him to show "loyalty", to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Mr Trump himself was not under investigation.

Trump dodged questions at a news conference about whether, as he's hinted, the conversations with Comey were taped. So had Comey lied? "And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that", he added. This muddied his defense.

Friday, Trump said some of Comey's remarks were true and some weren't.

Mr Trump asked Mr Comey to be loyal during a private dinner after the inauguration, and they ended up with a compromise of Mr Comey saying he would honour a pledge of "honest loyalty". "One hundred per cent", Trump said.

And, despite Trump's low approval ratings nationally, his core base of supporters remains firmly behind him.

For the President, building a team of qualified lawyers to go toe-to-toe against Mueller has gotten off to a slower start. Pirro has always been a go-to interviewer for the president and his allies when they need a sympathetic cable news host who will enthusiastically agree with them and not ask any hard questions. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that", Trump responded. Think of it: I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense. But the attacks have been convoluted. Those who refuse to accept the results of the election will continue to harry the White House, while Trump's defenders will redouble efforts to stop them. She was evidently the good cop. And the opening day of the Watergate hearings in 1973 drew about nine million viewers on the three commercial networks, NBC said at the time.

On Thursday, Kasowitz, in a brief statement to reporters, denied that Trump told Comey to let the case wither.

"That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election they shouldn't have lost", he said.

On Thursday, the Justice Department said that Sessions had made a decision to recuse himself because of his role in Trump's presidential campaign, saying "it was for that reason and that reason only".

Mueller has also reportedly recruited skillful prosecutors from within the highest levels at DOJ - including Andrew Weissmann, chief of the Criminal Division's fraud section, who served as former director of the Enron Task Force and general counsel under Mueller at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He noticed the exact words that the President used when he tried to goad him to "see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Ahead of the hearing, Comey described his mounting discomfort in the weeks leading up to his dismissal as Trump pulled him aside in person and phoned to press him on the investigation.

Comey is hard to miss-six feet eight, with popped marionette eyes.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible", Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

To Trump's critics, Comey's revelations recalled the "Nixon tapes", secret White House recordings that former President Richard Nixon refused to release during the Watergate scandal, ultimately leading to his resignation in 1974. The Comey-centered questions emanating from the American press corps alternated with wider-ranging queries from the travelling press.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said on May 31 that he and other senators had received information that suggested Sessions may have had more substantive meetings with Russian officials, including at the Mayflower event, than previously acknowledged.

  • Salvatore Jensen