Donald Trump claims 'total vindication' after James Comey accused him of lies

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Friday accused former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump considered Mueller for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was named special counsel: report Why lawmakers are still shutting out black voters in North Carolina Trump, Meryl Streep share screen time in HBO film MORE's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, of turning the Justice Department into "an arm of the [Hillary] Clinton campaign".

"I hope you can let this go", Trump reportedly said to Comey, according to the memo - parts of which were read to the Times.

"So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Mr Comey said.

Comey testified Thursday that he memorialized a February conversation he had with the president in which Mr. Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"Nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him", he said.

During his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey said that he believed the President had directed him to drop an FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's alleged ties to Russian Federation. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins". Comey did not seek the president's permission to release that information, but it's not clear that he needed to, given that he, as a private citizen, was sharing his own recollection of the conversations, CBS legal reporter Paula Reid notes.

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. But the White House says a detailed proposal is not expected until September, allowing little time in 2017 for Congress to act on such a major piece of legislation.

"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", the president said.

Mr Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances. "WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

Earlier in his press conference, Trump said he was "happy" with parts of Comey's testimony, including that the former FBI director said he had assured the president he wasn't personally under investigation regarding the Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides.

While Trump's staunchest supporters have tried to paint Comey's testimony as vindication for the president, few Republicans who don't work for Trump stepped in to defend the president's version of his contacts with Comey. The Senate judiciary committee, meanwhile, sent a request to Daniel Richman for Comey's memos.

Mr Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz attacked Mr Comey after his testimony for leaking what he called "privileged communications" to the media.

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