Trump Claims 'Total And Complete Vindication'

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Rubio, who dined with the president earlier this week, pushed Comey over his decision to not publicly disclose that Trump was not a person of interest in the ongoing investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 election.

Comey gave a public testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, stating that the US President had asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as part of the broader Russian Federation investigation. One day before that, Washington also watched current intelligence officials testify before the same congressional panel - the probe into Russian meddling in the USA election and what the president might have asked of his officials dominating the news cycle. But the memos Comey wrote to record the details of his conversations with the president-memos that would be admissible in a court of law as credible, contemporaneous accounts of their interactions, and memos that could play a significant role in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation-tell us such a conclusion may well have been premature.

Claiming "total and complete vindication", Trump broke his Twitter silence Friday morning to weigh in on fired FBI Director James Comey's closely watched testimony.

One source of the Trump-Comey dispute: Comey's memos.

"Today, Mr Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorised disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president", Mr Kasowitz told reporters.

Comey's performance was believable and deeply troubling, as he responded calmly and confidently to questions from members of the committee, including Republicans who acted more as defense counsel for Trump than as impartial investigators. Sen.

He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president. Kasowitz also noted - correctly - that Comey had confirmed that he privately had told Trump at various times that he himself wasn't then under investigation by the FBI as part of its Russian Federation probe. He said Comey's testimony proved Trump hadn't tried to interfere in FBI investigations.

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Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed sworn testimony about a private dinner the two men had in the White House. [Director of National Intelligence Dan] Coats is going to testify that Donald Trump asked him to stop the investigation.

He was later surprised when Trump suggested he had taped the conversations.

Comey described an episode during the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed him "not to call it an investigation but to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me". "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "We know how to fight and we will never give up". "I said whatever works for you, sir", Comey recalled.

In 2008, the federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld a longer prison term after a judge determined that a defendant had obstructed justice when he told someone "I hope and pray to God you did not say anything about a weapon".

Democrats pounced on Thursday after hearing Comey's suggestive language about "facts that I can't discuss in an open setting". "That happened. It's about as unfake as you can possibly get".

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