Here are seven major takeaways from his testimony so far. That includes former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
“I don’t know. That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out”, Comey responded, referring to the newly appointed special counsel who has taken over the Justice Department’s Russian Federation investigation.
What’s more, the denials to Comey are also now connected to Trump’s efforts to convince Comey to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn – another topic that belongs within the ambit of Mueller’s inquiry.
“It’s a regular Thursday at the White House”. It led me to believe I’ve got to write it down. “Those were lies”, Comey said.
First, Comey found out he was sacked less than four years into his 10-year tenure by watching TV.
Sanders declined to answer specific questions about Comey’s testimony, referring those to the president’s lawyer.
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For instance, James Comey-even as a private citizen-likely won’t comment on an ongoing investigation as a matter of course. But his son Donald Trump Jr. criticized Comey and defended his father in a series in Twitter posts.
During the hearing, Comey offered a different take.
“It’s my judgement that I was sacked because of the Russian investigation, I was sacked in some way to change- the endeavor was in some way to change the way the Russian investigation was being conducted”, Comey said. I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing”. “I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning”. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
His face was frozen in a neutral, impenetrable gaze as he swore to tell the truth, then sat ramrod straight for almost three hours of riveting testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“As director of the FBI, Comey was ultimately responsible for conducting the investigation, which might explain why you’re sitting down as a private citizen”, Warner said.
Comey said that he raised a concern about this with Sessions.
Who knows what unknown unknowns are out there – and what Trump and his buddy Flynn could have gotten up to.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes“, Comey remarked at one point Thursday, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over any claims from the president. James Risch, R-Idaho, said. “You don’t know of anyone that’s ever been charged for hoping something?”
Trump repeatedly announced that Comey had told him that he was not personally under investigation but, prior to Thursday morning’s testimony, Comey had never confirmed that Trump was being truthful about the lack of an investigation.
US President Donald Trump has survived one of the biggest threats to his presidency when the hugely awaited congressional testimony by the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he sacked did not yield any explosive new disclosures about his campaign’s alleged ties with Russian Federation.
“The president never should have cleared the room”, said Sen. Asked about Comey saying Trump lied, Ryan called it a “he said, he said” situation.
“He’s new in government, and so therefore I think he’s learning as he goes”, he told reporters.
“But I remain puzzled by your response”. But he did say “as you know, we’re under siege” but “will come out bigger and stronger and better”. Congress, though, could impeach the president – which makes Comey’s testimony before legislators all the more important. But he just wanted to say something – anything – to end the “awkward” conversations. Comey said he felt compelled to do so after an airport tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport previous year. While they each investigate Moscow’s covert political warfare against the United States and interactions between Trump associates and Russian Federation, they also have the task of probing Trump’s efforts to rig the FBI investigation and his firing of the official who would not play ball. “He’s just new to this”, Ryan said of Trump. But he added: “Again, I take the president’s words“.
Comey acknowledged he placed a story in the New York Times about the existence of his memos documenting his conversations with Trump.