Trump punches back, accuses Comey of lying to Congress

Trump punches back, accuses Comey of lying to Congress

Twitter had a field day with other moments of Comey's testimony, including his revelation that he broke a date with his wife in order to have dinner with Trump and his use of the exclamation "Lordy".

"And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations", Karl said.

The following are the most noteworthy moments from Comey's testimony. And regardless of what the Democrats and their allies in the media will howl about, the real story here is that Comey's testimony strengthens the president's ultimate case. When asked if he had covertly recorded his conversations with Comey, as Trump had suggested in a tweet shortly after firing Comey last month, the president was coy. On Thursday, Comey provided additional information about the scope of that inquiry and whether it will target the president. "I think Comey did a good job of demonstrating nonpartisanship for the whole process, pushing the message through that they need to protect the FBI and the investigation".

Trump has vociferously denied suggestions that he and his subordinates coordinated with Russia, but he forced out his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after reports that Flynn had misled administration officials over meetings he had with the Russian ambassador.

According to Comey, Trump pressured the FBI director during a February 14 Oval Office meeting to drop the investigation targeting Flynn. I'm not going to say "I want you to pledge allegiance". He immediately dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony delivered Wednesday.

Comey also said in his testimony that Trump asked for his "loyalty" during a dinner in January, but Trump insisted this was also untrue. He twice said that's up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine. MORE: Analysis - Comey goes nuclear in showdown with TrumpHe 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.

"If what Comey testified to is accurate, it is very serious", Seidman said in an interview.

Comey opened up his testimony by saying the suggestion from Trump that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray or had in any way lost confidence in him as Federal Bureau of Investigation director were "lies, plain and simple".

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey replied.

Ryan said Trump's continued insistence to drop the investigation was due to his inexperience.

In his first response to Comey's blunt remarks, Trump offered a window into how the White House may try to contain the controversy that has dogged his administration for months - accusations that his campaign team colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. Though Comey said he interpreted Trump's comments as a directive to shut down the Flynn investigation, Kasowitz also maintained in his written statement that Comey's testimony showed that the president "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey 'let Flynn go'".

Comey then thought of his friend, Daniel Richman, a Columbia law professor who was living life out of the spotlight that he suddenly finds himself thrust into. Comey claimed during his testimony that the material was not classified.

Correction, June 8, 2017: Michael Flynn is the former US national security advisor fired for allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence. A previous version of this article called Flynn the vice president by mistake.

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