Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Trump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a 'leaker'

Former FBI director James Comey testifies at the Senate intelligence committee hearing on Thursday Fact check: Trump tweets he was `vindicated´ by Comey testimony - not quite
Andrew Cummings | 22 June, 2017, 10:15

Trump critics said that was evidence that the president may have obstructed justice, possible grounds for impeachment.

"WOW, Comey is a leaker!" He did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let -PRESIDENT TRUMP: I didn't say that.

Secondly - this one is really key - as you might remember, there was a meeting in the Oval Office that was taking place with lots of officials, including James Comey. Trump wanted Comey to lift that cloud. He hinted that reporters would be "disappointed" in the answer. "I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it", Comey said. I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that. Who would do that?.

"I think that's ultimately what will happen", the Rhode Island Democrat told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"I hardly know the man". It doesn't make sense. "I can definitively say the president is not a liar", she said. There are two realistic possibilities here: Either there are no recordings or what is on those recordings doesn't help Trump.

Thus it appears Comey's firing, and Trump's dealings with Comey before that, are now part of the broader investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign.

"His goal is to manipulate media, manipulate the press. He's everything that's wrong in Washington", Lewandowski said.

The department later appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as special counsel.

And Comey admitted that he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, correctly betting that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor.

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And over dinner at the White House in an earlier interaction, Comey wrote in his opening testimony, Trump had demanded loyalty, possibly in return for letting him continue in the job. The White House has denied collusion with Moscow.

"First of all, Comey was very clear that the memo that he wrote was intentionally written in unclassified form so that it would not be bound up in classification rules", Wittes said.

Comey delivered scathing testimony a day earlier in a highly anticipated Senate hearing, saying Trump sought to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn - at best, a political miscalculation, and at worst a criminal obstruction of justice. During his campaign, Trump often said it was time to "drain the swamp" in Washington of corrupt and self-dealing insiders.

While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday.

The snub came just 24 hours after Comey told a Senate panel that an anonymously-sourced Times report from mid-February was false.

President Donald Trump on Friday addressed former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony from the prior day by insisting there had been "no collusion, no obstruction" and that Comey is a "leaker".

And on Friday, the committee sent a letter to Comey requesting any notes or memoranda "memorializing discussions Comey had with President Trump".

He also claimed that Mr Comey's comments to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The New York Times received copies and published an article based on one May 16, in which it was revealed that Trump had asked Comey to drop the Flynn matter. Richman later confirmed he was the friend.

Key points such as whether Mr Trump implied Mr Comey would keep his job if the "cloud" of the Russian Federation probe lifted, or whether the president asked Mr Comey to drop the investigation into fired NSA Advisor Michael Flynn, remain one man's word against the other.

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