Comey should get his story straight on Clinton, Trump
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:02
President Donald Trump on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI Director James Comey said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's United States election.
Nearly immediately, however, the president acknowledged that this recommendation was mere pretext; in fact, Trump said, he was spurred by Comey's handling of "this Russian Federation thing".
And in a February 14 Oval Office meeting, Comey says that Trump asked him to find a way to end an investigation into Flynn, who had been fired the day before for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia's ambassador.
The president was twice questioned on Friday about whether there are tapes of his and Comey's discussions. Trump's Twitter account had been quiet throughout Comey's testimony accusing the administration of spreading "lies".
Will Trump's testimony end up happening?
After Comey testified before the Senate on Thursday, Trump's lawyer sent out a response which claimed that Trump never even suggested Comey stop the Flynn investigation.
While the president doesn't specify his target for the "false statements and lies", Trump's lawyer refuted two key parts of Comey's testimony Thursday. Mueller was later appointed to lead that investigation.
Comey testified that while he was FBI director, Trump was not under investigation by the FBI - not in a criminal investigation, and not in a counter-intelligence investigation, which, in Comey's words, "tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents" or "covertly acting as an agent" of a hostile foreign nation, or "targeted for recruitment".
The list of Donald Trump falsehoods exposed by former FBI Director James Comey over the last two days isn't short.
Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary. After dodging the question the first time, Trump was pressed again, saying he wasn't hinting at the presence of recordings. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that".
In a swearing contest between Comey and Trump, Comey wins, hands down, against a man whose misstatements keep the fact-checkers working overtime.
What media leaks said: Mr Comey reportedly told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with the president. "President, this is wrong, '?" "I was so stunned by the conversation, I just took it in". "You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey".
That law stated that lawmakers had made a one-time exception and made it clear that Mueller "may not serve as Director after September 4, 2013". "I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel". "He said, 'I hope'". Trump has met his match when it comes to creating political drama. Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.