Trump supporter: Comey throws 'four groups under the bus,' including himself

"The president never suggested that Mr. Comey quote let Flynn go", said Kasowitz. I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man.

"But I think most importantly he threw James Comey under the bus", the former MI congressman said on "Squawk Box" on the morning after Comey's Senate testimony. Trump also said that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of any recommendation.

In his almost 2½-hour public testimony with the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described an interaction with Obama Attorney General Lynch during his agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. "One was that it creates a duty to correct, which I've lived before and you want to be very careful about doing that, and second it's a slippery slope because if we say the president and the vice president aren't under investigation, what's the principled basis for stopping?" And he said he concluded that he was sacked because of the FBI's investigation of possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "The guilty forget to inquire".

Comey was likely trying to protect his reputation, said Graham Allison, a Harvard professor who served in the Defense Department under Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

The veteran lawyer and security official expressed confidence that could be a matter ripe for investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, though he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.

And in North Korea, the government scolded Trump for pulling the USA out of the Paris climate agreement. He said he did this because felt the investigation may have reached a point at which a special counsel needed to be appointed.

On Friday, Trump said on three occasions that the media would soon know about whether tapes existed. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer". He also said he took Trump's comments about the Flynn probe "as a direction".

It was previously reported that Trump was not a formal part of the Russian Federation investigation, but Comey did not publicly confirm the reports until his testimony was released yesterday ahead of the hearing. "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".

It was another turbulent week for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

"Those were lies plain and simple", Comey said, firing a shot of tension through hearing room 216 of the Senate's Hart building, which stood silent except for the shutter clicks of a phalanx of photographers, there to capture this moment of pure political theater.

But Comey did not provide any proverbial smoking gun.

But Trump's denunciations of Comey have only fueled demands that the president - who has denied asking for loyalty or urging that the investigation be shelved - give his account under oath.

  • Leroy Wright