Trump accuses Comey of lying to Congress

Trump broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication". On May 3rd, in response to Republican senator Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, Mr Comey said he had never been an anonymous source for news outlets about the investigation involving Mr Trump's team or authorised anyone at the FBI to be.

The existence of recordings of the conversations has become more important now that Trump and Comey are at odds on key points of the narrative.

Mr Comey's testimony provided a gripping account of his interactions with President Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

He then directly attacked Mr. Trump's character. After Comey's morning of testimony on Capitol Hill, any honest investigation will have to include the president himself. Comey has testified that he already handed them over to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Comey was testifying Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee on the government's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and his firing by President Donald Trump.

Comey asserted Thursday that Trump fired him because of the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.


Comey told the Senate panel he would urge the release of any recording of his conversations with the president.

Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.

"No collusion, no obstruction", Trump told a White House press conference in reference to the twin controversies dogging his administration - accusations his aides colluded with the Russian effort to tilt the vote, and that he sought to block a probe related to the matter.

Thursday night, the network was forced to issue a correction after it reported-for two days straight-that once under oath, Comey would dispute the President's claims that Comey had assured him he was not under FBI investigation. James Risch, Idaho Republican, tried to corner Mr. Comey about the exact wording of Mr. Trump's alleged request for him to drop the Flynn probe.

"In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her, although it had been very careless in their behavior, but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her, yet at the same time in the case of Mr. Comey (sic) you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion". But he added: "Again, I take the president's words". "And I said, 'Why would I do that?' And she said, 'Just call it a matter'".

Comey gave ammunition to the president's side, too, particularly by admitting that he had orchestrated the leak of his account of his most critical meeting with Trump with the express objective of spurring the appointment of a special counsel, which he accomplished.


Comey, who was sacked in May, said this assessment was a "high-confidence judgment" of the entire American intelligence community. Comey said the pair had nine one-on-one conversations from January to April, which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director documented because he thought Trump might "lie" about them.

I think anyone that hangs that hat on anything coming out of this administration is a bigger fool than that man running the country and I understand the proportion of foolery we are dealing with, which is why I want to make sure we aren't lead astray. The committee gave Comey and McGahn until June 23 to comply.

Comey also said he took steps to ensure he wrote the memos in a way that it would not be necessary to label them as classified.

Trump was referring to Comey's revelation that he had passed on to a friend a written memo he'd made detailing a meeting with Trump at the White House - and had asked a friend to give it to a reporter for the New York Times.

Mr Comey said he'd asked Mr Richman to share the content of the memo with a reporter.



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