Comey: I kept records on Trump because I thought he might 'lie'

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Comey: I kept records on Trump because I thought he might 'lie'

Asked specifically if anyone ever asked him to stop the Russian Federation probe, Comey replied: "No".

Trump's defenders suggested the president knows how to give an order and that his remark fell short of that.

"Correct. I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president as a private citizen", says Comey.

Easing months of speculation, Comey confirmed that President Trump was not personally under investigation when he left the FBI last month. Comey makes it clear, if any doubt remained, that the memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein cataloging Comey's mishandling of the Clinton case prior to his firing was always a ridiculous smokescreen.

That's coupled with Comey's statement Thursday to a Senate panel that he believes Trump fired him in May to alter the bureau's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. Besides his interactions with Trump, Comey also weighed in on a number of different matters including the time that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from FBI's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign, Politico reported.

According to the DOJ, Comey had a discussion with Sessions in which they talked about Comey's interactions with Trump verging on inappropriateness. "That's a huge deal".

Is Trump himself under investigation?

Bill Clinton hailed from it. Barack Obama ran on it.

"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document", Comey said.

But Trump has tested the boundaries of normal politics and upended the usual rules.

Wittes has not said how he and Comey became friends, nor has Richman, although both men were federal prosecutors in NY around the same time. "But we have a different context now".

The Democratic National Committee listed the obstruction comment as the day's No. 1 revelation, writing that Comey had "offered the best evidence yet that Trump is under investigation". Nixon stepped down after the U.S. Supreme Court forced the release of secret Oval Office recordings, including one showing the president trying to squash an FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in. After a trial, the Senate acquitted him. That is seen as very unlikely given Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

When a reporter asked Ryan on Thursday if Republicans would be calling for a Democrat accused of the same actions as Trump to be impeached, he insisted that would not be the case. "No". That may leave the question to Mueller.

Comey's credibility has been repeatedly called into question; Bloomberg's opinion piece claims that Comey couldn't have been as uncomfortable as he said he was because he did not come forward to voice his opinions sooner. "Everyone gets judged in terms of helping or hurting Trump".

After Comey delivered his much-anticipated testimony, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, held a news conference in which he sought to refute several of Comey's assertions. It further insists "the president never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr Comey 'let Flynn go'". "It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications", he said.

The future work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, regarded across Capitol Hill as the most studious and advanced congressional probe, may be determined in large part by a meeting leaders are having with Mueller next week. In the House, members are still waiting on a response to subpoenas issued for documents and testimony from Flynn and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump fired Comey on May 9, claiming the Justice Department had been critical of his job performance.

Comey said Trump himself called him to a dinner on January 27, during which he asked him for a pledge of loyalty. "If anybody wants to pursue him, he has made himself available, and that's the most anyone can ask for". Major legislation is stalled.

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