Trump claims 'complete vindication' after Comey testimony

James Comey

Testifying one month after Trump fired him, Comey said he lost his job because of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. Comey's testimony Thursday was part of that investigation.

Trump's offer to testify heightens the drama of his standoff with Comey, who told senators that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty and had pressured him to drop a counterintelligence investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance"'.

"I took it as a direction".

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

"Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified", Kasowitz said. "I didn't say under oath. I'm very anxious about his fitness". "That is a very big deal". "I believe the - I take the president at his word, that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey testified while under oath.

He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.

TRUMP: I didn't say that.

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

The source said the fact that Comey made a decision to disseminate the information because of a tweet was "gold" for the lawyers looking to file a complaint against the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Lordy, I hope there are tapes, ' he said.

Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

TRUMP: Over a very short period of time.

The reporter then asked, "So he lied about that?" "Didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, so I asked a close friend of mine to do it".

Trump's feelings echo the sentiments of his personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who was brought on to help defend the president amid the Russian Federation probe. But Trump showed no interest. She also said that the president was not a liar. "We simply looked at each other in silence". "That is a big deal".

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said - and some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said in his first on-camera remarks following Comey's testimony.

"He said, how about 6:30?"

"When will you tell us about the recordings?" asked ABC News' Jonathan Karl.

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