10 dramatic new questions raised by Comey's tell-all

10 dramatic new questions raised by Comey's tell-all

And Trump never explicitly directed him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation.

Comey, whom the president fired last month, submitted a written statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which was released Wednesday.

The hearing room of the Hart Senate Office Building quickly filled to capacity Thursday morning in advance of the event, as hundreds lined up in the hallway, a queue that stretch into the next building over and for which some staffers and interns started standing in the 4 a.m. ET hour. "I hope we put it all behind us and let the chips fall as they may", Republican Sen.

"Comey's testimony details a pattern of disturbing behaviour and a disdain for the rule of law by Trump", Markey said. "But the the explanations, and the shifting explanations, confused me and increasingly concerned me".

"Then Michael Flynn resigns after it is reported he misled the vice president about his conversations with Kislyak. I'd stay busy with the agenda he has". His written opening remarks, which were released on Wednesday, don't address obstruction in legal terms. "At the very least, President Trump's actions should instill a sense of profound worry in the American people about a leader with no sense of propriety or an understanding of the need for independence of law enforcement within the executive branch, an independence that has been respected by Presidents for generations", he said. "And now to my former colleagues, if I may, I am so sorry that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to you properly". I don't think you did anything wrong.

A late night Tweet is seen from the personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump, May 31, 2017.

Comey revealed new details of the investigation, repeating his assertion that Clinton had been extremely careless in her handling of classified email but also suggesting she might not have fully grasped the classification marking system.

Democrats believe the exchange between Trump and Comey about Flynn is more evidence that could build a case that the President obstructed justice - which in several times in history has been regarded as an impeachable offense.

"Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in", Comey said.

The Wednesday hearing was regarding the surveillance program at the center of Trump's claims that he had his "wires tapped" by former President Barack Obama.

His remarks paint a picture of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director so disconcerted by his interactions with the president that he began keeping written memos of their private discussions, including one he hastened to type out in an Federal Bureau of Investigation vehicle immediately after a Trump Tower meeting. "I'm not going to presume anybody is lying". Comey said he felt it was not only important to keep Trump in the loop, but also to spread the word, and weaken the ability of the Russians to use it as blackmail. "I hope there are tapes".

"He is a good guy and has been through a lot", Mr Trump said, according to Mr Comey. "I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me", Comey said.

Speaking with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House", Christie said Trump is an outsider president who may not be knowledgeable in the way different government agencies work. To Comey, it's a not-so-veiled request that the FBI drop any investigation of Flynn regarding false statements about his contact with the Russians.

Comey's abrupt dismissal came May 9.

"This", he said to dramatic effect, "is one of those circumstances".

Sitting before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, Comey noted that he explicitly believes he was "fired because of the Russian Federation investigation".

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