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The Comey hearing was nerd Super Bowl for Washington DC's political junkies

The Comey hearing was nerd Super Bowl for Washington DC's political junkies

They are that the Republican president himself was not under investigation, and Comey gave an account of his conversation with Trump to a friend who shared it with a news outlet.

While Comey's statement implies that Sessions' recusal from FBI's investigation was out of the blue, the DOJ's statement states otherwise.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

James Comey's calm testimony Thursday belied the gravity of what the former FBI director told the Senate Intelligence Committee - that President Donald Trump sought to quash an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and that Russian Federation was, and still is, determined to undermine American elections. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers. "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.

Easing months of speculation, Comey confirmed that Trump was not personally under investigation when he left the FBI in May.

Comey said during his almost three hours of testimony that after he was sacked by Trump on May 9, he felt that he needed to get the content of the meeting with the president into the "public square". 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.




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

Mr Comey arranged the leak on May 15th after he was sacked and after the May 3rd hearing so it would not be in direct conflict with that testimony.

Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president.

Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the FBI on May 9, admitting later that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind at the time. He said he thinks he was sacked due to Trump's frustration over the investigation into his alleged campaign links with Russian Federation. About the loyalty pledge from Comey, Mr Trump said: "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to ask him to pledge allegiance". Kasowitz denied Trump ever told Comey he needed and expected his loyalty, as Comey said.

Comey said Trump did not attempt to get him to drop the overall Russia investigation, just the part of if that related to Flynn, who the president fired in February for misleading US Vice-President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say. "I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in". "That is a very big deal". His rationale was that his role as a high-profile surrogate and advisor for the Trump campaign made it inappropriate for him to be involved in an investigation of that same campaign, a rationale which received little pushback, except reportedly from the president himself. "The Attorney General was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House", the DOJ's statement read. "He's just new to this".


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