Donald Trump breaks silence on Comey testimony

Donald Trump breaks silence on Comey testimony

"The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes".

During an appearance on Fox News Saturday night, Donald Trump Jr. appeared to confirm a key part of fired FBI director James Comey's testimony - that President Trump told him he "hoped" he would drop his investigation of ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey also said in his written testimony that Trump, in a odd private encounter near the grandfather clock in the Oval Office, pushed him to end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump, on the other hand, took months to realize he had misjudged Comey.

Legal experts questioned whether Mr Trump's private encounters with Comey could be considered privileged. It was a forceful endorsement of this week's move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to cut off ties to Qatar, but a very different message from the one delivered just an hour before by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Discussing the Oval Office meeting where Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Feinstein asked: "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr". "We had that thing, you know", said the president. "Those were lies, plain and simple".

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed as special counsel the week after Comey's firing, which set off a political firestorm and raised suspicions among Democrats and others that the White House was trying to blunt the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Mr Kasowitz said yesterday following the hearing that Mr Comey could be investigated for leaking information, and suggested he may have lied in his sworn Senate testimony.

A subpoena for the potential tapes should not he necessary, the Republican senator added. I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that? Trump's inner circle is such a sieve that full transcripts surely would have leaked by now.

Mr Trump denies he asked Mr Comey for loyalty and tweeted on Friday: 'Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!' At this point, any examples of grown-up behavior should be recognized and praised.

Mr Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, has come under scrutiny over his alleged contact with Russians, although there is no suggestion he behaved improperly. Comey tried to explain that the investigation of Clinton's emails was finished whereas the investigation of Trump's campaign is ongoing.

Trump: And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I've read today. Topics he scrupulously avoided may give a hint of where the investigation is headed. But Comey's wariness of Trump was earned, and he did nothing to hurt the president. Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met past year with VEB executives.

He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing. Trump desperately wanted the Russian Federation investigation to end.



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