Trump Claims 'Vindication' After Comey Rakes Him Over Coals

While Comey did not say whether he felt that Trump's actions came out to obstruction of justice, he did say that if that was the case, he was "sure" that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate. I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?

On the Russian Federation investigation, Comey said Trump privately mentioned "satellite" associates who may have been bad actors. It doesn't make sense.

But he said that Mr Trump's request at a Feb 14 meeting for him to ease the probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn sounded like an order.

Trump hinted that tapes of his conversations might exist in the days following his dismissal of Comey.

Trump also seized on Comey's revelation that after Trump fired him in May, he had given one of his memos about his interactions with the president to a friend to leak to the press.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", the president said.

Attorney Marc Kasowitz's comments on June 8 also accused Comey of "unauthorized disclosures" of "privileged communications" he had with the president. But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior in several of their meetings.

Trump: Well, I didn't say that.

The US President's prolonged silence on social media following Comey's public testimony was unusual, considening the Republican's renowned verbosity on Twitter.

Comey said Thursday the president's tweet that said Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of their conversations had compelled him to share a memo he wrote.

The committee sent a bipartisan letter to Richman on Thursday, signed by Sens.

Comey admitted in his sworn testimony that he had asked a friend to leak notes he kept detailing his meetings with Trump to a reporter.

Comey also said that the Trump had lied in trying to undermine him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that he was had been highly uncomfortable with some of the interactions he had had with Trump.

  • Kyle Peterson