Distrust of Trump marks Comey's testimony about his firing

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2017

Washington- The testimony of former director of the FBI James Comey in a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday kept the doors open to speculations concerning US President Donald Trump's interference in the investigation on collusion with Russian Federation.

Former FBI director James Comey accused the Trump administration Thursday of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing, in dramatic testimony that threatened to undermine Donald Trump's presidency.

"I think Comey's testimony will be studied for a long time to come as to how to make an effective presentation to Congress", said Lee Hamilton, a distinguished scholar in IU's School of Global and International Studies who is also a professor of practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., called a recently fired FBI director's allegation that President Donald Trump asked him to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser "extremely troubling".

In his testimony, Comey said he took detailed notes of all his conversations with Trump over concern that Trump might lie or distort what was said or done.

Laura Donohue, a Georgetown University Law Center professor, said if Trump fired Comey to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation, that would constitute obstruction of justice.

According to Comey, Trump believed the Russian Federation investigation was a "cloud" over his presidency, preventing him from making great "deals" for America.

Comey said that soon after he was sacked he leaked the information about his interaction with Trump hoping that such a move would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russsian links to the Trump campaign.

Whether Trump's behavior and comment amount to obstruction of justice, however, depends not on how Comey understood the comment, but Trump's intent in delivering it.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked Comey whether he perceived the president's request to let the Flynn matter go as an order given Trump's position as president, the setting and the circumstances surrounding the conversation.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who watched parts of the testimony, said he was "not at all" concerned about Trump's actions.

At one point he practically dared Mr Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect president once alluded to in a tweet.

"It didn't dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Comey said.

Marc Kasowitz said on Thursday that the president never sought to impede the investigation into possible Russian interference in the U.S. election and that Mr Comey's leaks should be investigated. Dianne Feinstein of California asked: "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr".

Comey revealed himself Thursday to be a consummate Washington strategist, no doubt.

Comey, speaking under oath, said the administration had offered "shifting explanations" about why he was sacked. "The Attorney General was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House", the DOJ's statement read.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have".

His testimony drew a largely muted reaction from Midlands Republicans on Capitol Hill, nearly all of whom avoided commenting on the substance of Comey's allegations.

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