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Donald Trump hits back at James Comey after scathing testimony

Donald Trump hits back at James Comey after scathing testimony

But there was no rest for partisan spinners.

"I fault General Sessions - maybe he did, maybe he inquired into what was going on here - but I also fault Jim Comey", Gonzales, who served under former President George W. Bush, told host Rita Cosby on WABC Radio on Friday.

When senators questioned them about that report Wednesday, they refused to answer and refused to say why. Sen.

Donald Trump's firing of his FBI director in the middle of his probe of the president's associates, a slew of congressional investigations involving Russian Federation, and Trump's almost daily self-inflicted distractions - including rogue tweets lambasting the mayor of London and undermining his own legal defense of his travel ban - have made life hard for GOP lawmakers in the nation's capital while threatening to derail the administration's top policy priorities. "The thing is, this was just another log on the fire, because America is going to continue to push forward on this".

Trump called Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander" in an interview with NBC News on May 11, saying that he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation. He spoke of Trump's improper demands for "loyalty" and the president's cleverly worded suggestions that Comey drop the Flynn case. He also said he took Trump's comments about the Flynn probe "as a direction".

Comey, however, did not make any major new revelations about any links between Trump or his associates and Russian Federation, an issue that has dogged the president's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the USA healthcare system and making tax cuts.

In response to questions from senators, Comey repeatedly cast Trump as a boss or "patron" trying to secure his loyalty, something that Comey said made him "uneasy".

"I woke up in the middle of the night Monday (thinking) that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Mr Comey testified.

Other networks were more likely to highlight testimony where Comey said Trump lied, or he didn't trust his word.

If there are no records or tapes, the outcome of the saga may hinge on which individual's statements - Mr Trump's or Mr Comey's - are found to have more validity. "But I did not say that". Comey wanted to get his account out, perhaps encouraging the appointment of a special prosecutor.




"This whole thing is a giant nothing-burger", the conservative web site Breitbart News wrote as Comey talked, "except for Comey implicating himself as a leaker".

He started with some helpful flashbacks of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway lamenting back in October the poor treatment Comey was receiving from people like the Clintons, juxtaposed with Republicans today lashing out at Comey and undermining his credibility.

For those who paid close attention, that wasn't entirely new. The Times, in a May 16 story, noted that one of Comey's associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

On the other hand, is Comey above lying?

Rosenstein's memo said Comey erred in July 2016 by announcing the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been examining Clinton's use of a private email server and that the case should be closed without prosecution. "Should they provide more information, we would review that as well", The Times said.

Sen. Kamala Harris: Are you aware of any meetings between the Trump administration officials and Russian officials during the campaign that have not been acknowledged by those officials in the White House?

"That's one of the all-time great excuses to break a date with your wife", King said.

Besides the traditional networks, Spanish-language station Telemundo aired the testimony with a voiceover translation. His decision to leak his memos (written to contain no classified information, so they could be spread around as necessary) to the press, instead of taking them to Congress, in order to prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel is a reminder that Comey is a practiced manipulator of the media and the Washington bureaucracy.

The lawyer also accused Comey of misstating the timing of the leak. Late-night hosts Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah - not waiting for their shows - took to social media for some humorous comedy.


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