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Trump lawyer denies president demanded Comey's loyalty

Sveva Terracina | 11 Giugno, 2017, 07:04

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief also said the president asked him to drop the "Russia-Gate" probe into former national security adviser Mike Flynn, but Mr Kasowitz said he "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested Mr Comey stop investigating anyone".

Facing a Senate committee Thursday, Comey portrayed Trump as dismissive of the FBI's independence.

It's a discrepancy that a recording could resolve, if one exists.

The conversation sounds like something the boss of a company would say to an underling who is expected to grovel to keep his job. "So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Comes said Thursday.

Meanwhile, President Trump, in a speech, told supporters their movement was "under siege" and vowed to fight on.

There were a number of interactions in which the president was accused of acting in behaviour that not befitting the Oval office. Kasowitz did not elaborate on why he believed the memos would have been covered by executive privilege.

During Sessions' confirmation hearing, the then-senator testified that he "did not have communications with the Russians" during Trump's campaign. The Trump administration now faces a grinding investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Muller that will likely last years and could slow progress on the GOP legislative agenda.

In Nixon's case, the tapes became public knowledge after White House aide Alexander Butterfield mentioned their existence in congressional testimony. With Trump, Democrats are relying on suspicions.


Senator Risch said: "We know exactly what happened at these meetings because of your contemporaneous notes and quotes". "Mr. Trump, if you disagree with anything the director said today, play the tapes for all of America to hear or admit that there were no tapes". Comey laid out his description of a number of key interactions with Trump. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump has confidence in his attorney general, a question press secretary Sean Spicer would not answer earlier in the week. "Even folks who have been his critics don't question his integrity, his commitment to the rule of law and his intelligence", Warner said.

Friday morning's tweet is the President's first response to Mr Comey's testimony, having earlier left it to his personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to comment.

"I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, Comey said".

"It's a pretty powerful statement that an investigator with his background (says) when I look at this investigation, this is what I conclude".

Comey said Trump sought the loyalty pledge at a January 27 private dinner at the White House.

However, Comey said he wasn't in a position to assess whether president's comments amounted obstruction of justice. "I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed".

Trump's feelings echo the sentiments of his personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who was brought on to help defend the president amid the Russian Federation probe. "I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in".

Trump cryptically refused to say whether those private exchanges were taped - a matter at the heart of the conflicting accounts of what passed between them at a time when Comey was leading an FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

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