Who Lied? Comey, Trump Team Accuse Each Other

Carla Harmon
June 9, 2017

"Mr Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers". But Trump later said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey and would have dismissed him without the Justice Department's input. He told Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and other Senators that he did memorialize his nine conversations with Trump based on "a gut feeling". He suggested that the FBI was investigating whether the president himself was being investigated for colluding with the Russian government to influence the election, whether Jeff Sessions was involved and whether there was any validity to the infamous dossier.

Comey met with members of the committee in a closed-door session to discuss classified information.

"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said.

He also wrote that he began writing memos after his first private meeting with Trump, a briefing at Trump Tower on January 6.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California asked the question that many Republicans have raised in the weeks since Comey's firing as one media leak followed another revealing Comey's claims about Trump's inappropriate interactions with him. After Comey released that written statement, Washington Talmudists read deeply into it to suggest Comey might have been signaling Trump was the subject of a different kind of investigation. He said that the "Flynn stuff" was "very far from any kind of coercion or influence and certainly not obstruction".

The former FBI director described in riveting detail private meetings with Trump in which he said he was asked to pledge his loyalty to the president and to drop FBI investigation into his former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.

But Comey would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice but did say that Flynn was "in legal jeopardy" with the FBI investigation.

"I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign", Sessions said in March. "I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it".

"He was. inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said.

Here are some of the key points from the hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Today", Burr told Comey, "is your opportunity to set the record straight".

Trump has disputed Comey's account and implied on Twitter that there may be taped recordings of their encounters. He was also confused by the "shifting explanations" for his firing. Perhaps the least surprising revelation to emerge from the three-hour hearing was that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director believes Trump to be a liar who would not hesitate to lie to the public about Comey.

Comey said it was not up to him but instead the independent special counsel in the Russian probe, Robert Mueller, to decide whether Trump broke a law.

Questions abounded, mostly from the Republican wing of the Intelligence Committee, about why Comey didn't confront Trump about his concerning behavior.

That was when, according to the document he released Wednesday, Trump said to him, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "I replied only that 'he is a good guy'".

Finally, Mr Trump tweeted this: James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! "I though that might prompt the appointment of special counsel".

In his May 11 NBC interview, Trump said, "The FBI has been in turmoil". The FBI is honest.

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