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Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 16:40

US President Donald Trump has again verbally attacked fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The closest that the Republicans came to a counteroffensive was when they wondered why Comey hadn't got Trump some help.

He also branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The possibility of secret White House tapes prompted another Watergate comparison.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.

"I don't think it's for me to say" whether Trump committed obstruction, Comey demurred, "but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward, to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

The request is a sign of escalating fallout from riveting testimony from Mr Comey last week of undue pressure from Mr Trump.

On May 17, the Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Mr Trump on Sunday accused Mr Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

When Comey didn't halt the investigation of Flynn, Trump fired him. All of this was surely in Comey's mind when Trump allegedly expressed his hope.


Fact is, Comey is the type of law enforcer so filled with his own rectitude that he has angered members of both parties with his willingness to go after politicians whom he believes crossed the line. The simplest explanation is a fear it will find evidence of guilt. It was at this dinner that Trump demanded loyalty, although the president continues to deny it. Comey's testimony on the issue was painfully detailed and credible, however, and it disturbed him enough that he immediately wrote down the exact words used.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will stand in for Sessions at the appropriations subcommittee hearings on Tuesday [Wednesday NZT]. Comey's written remarks, disclosed a day before his hearing, detail five meetings he had with Trump and why he created memos about the discussions.

Comeys insistence that Russian interference was real suggests that this story will not just go away. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!' " Trump said in a tweet Sunday.

After almost five months of living apart, President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into the presidential mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Comey is not infallible.

So she says in a letter to the committee's chairman, GOP Sen. Nearly a third of the 1,000 people interviewed said they are "not sure" which of the two they trust more.

Team Trumps favorite takeaway is that Trump was not a subject of the Russian probe. Not for the first time, it appears that Comey took it upon himself to breach important norms governing the conduct of senior law enforcement officials - an offense that, perhaps ironically, would have unquestionably justified his termination, if he hadn't already been fired before doing it.

The president had previewed his attacks against Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day's silence on his favorite social media megaphone.

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