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Defiant Trump accuses Comey of being a liar

Sveva Terracina | 20 Giugno, 2017, 02:07

Comey next reported a March 30 phone call from Trump describing "the Russian investigation as "a cloud" that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country".

Ari Fleischer, who served as former President George W. Bush's press secretary, also cautioned that Trump should "stop talking" because it could lead to "a perjury trap".

Comey, who Trump fired in the midst of the investigation, called on the president to release any tapes when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

On Friday in Utah, Romney and Biden did not discuss the 2012 election where they ran on opposing tickets, but Biden did discuss the 2016 election.

"No collusion. No obstruction".

During Thursday's hearing, Comey explained his concern about his meetings with the president, saying he did not feel comfortable being in a room alone with Trump, as he felt the president was attempting to seek personal loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, despite the department's duty to remain neutral. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos in his possession about the discussions he had with Trump before being abruptly fired last month.

Why does this matter? "And some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said. "A president may have different political imperatives, but Trump's tweet logorrhea does not reflect a well-thought-out strategy".

"There is a cloud over the presidency, the president said, and that is rightly so", Schumer said on CBS's "Face the Nation". "What was it about that very first meeting that made you write a memo when you have not done that with two previous presidents?".


A talkative client runs the risk of intensifying prosecutorial scrutiny. "Didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel".

The president's actions provided raw material for an obstruction-of-justice case against Trump, still well down the road. Flynn was under active FBI investigation related to his communications with the Russians and other matters. Mr. Trump tweeted on Friday. Or, as various commentators have suggested, why didn't Comey say, "I'm sorry, Mr. President, but this is highly inappropriate and I'm going to have to excuse myself"?

Given Comey's reputation as a methodical, ultra-cautious investigator, the testimony was damning, said a Washington lawyer who served in a top position in a prior administration.

"I think that James Comey's credibility has been brought into question on multiple occasions during the Clinton investigation and here", he added.

In his testimony, Comey further revealed that he personally had leaked his memos, again to the benighted media via a Columbia University law professor and friend.

"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said". The FBI director said the president insisted that regarding a "salacious" dossier being circulated "he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia". Lankford said the hearing will most likely be in open session, but the details aren't yet ironed out.

But if Trump lacks principles it is not because no one has ever bothered to present him with any. But even prosecutors are human beings. Clearly, that seemed to be what Comey was attempting to do by leaving these sort of breadcrumbs on the trail for Mueller to pick up. Finally, imagine that there may be evidence that members of the president's campaign or other American citizens were actively or passively involved in facilitating such an attack. "If this were President Hillary Clinton and inquiring about an investigation of someone she knew, I would expect Republicans would be outraged". That report could come just in time to help shape the 2018 elections and the chances that a potential Democratic-controlled Congress does take a swing at impeachment, using the report as its guide. What was Sessions thinking when Comey asked that he not be left alone with the President?

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