Eyes were glued to screens Thursday as former FBI Director James Comey described in vivid detail his past encounters with President Donald Trump, but one looming legal question went unanswered during the Senate hearing: Did Trump's actions amount to obstruction of justice? Comey admitted that he had indeed told Trump three times that he was not under investigation personally, although he also refused to say so in public in case the circumstances eventually changed.
Russia's goals right now, Maynes says, include improving relations with the U.S. as a way to increase their standing in the world.
For the record, the White House insisted that the president isn't a liar.
You can listen to the full interview with reporter Charles Maynes above.
He said political considerations shouldn't influence the FBI's work.
"'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, '" Mr Comey quoted Mr Trump as saying.
Editor's note: Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump, will testify today before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the details surrounding the allegations that Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign team to influence the election. "That's a great question", Comey said.
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Using extraordinarily blunt language, Comey accused the White House of "lies" and defamation in the wake of his shock ouster last month.
Mr Comey's testimony does "maximum damage" to Mr Trump, Prof Wright said. Intriguingly, Comey said he couldn't discuss in an open hearing why it was problematic for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the probe of Kremlin meddling, to be involved in an investigation involving Russian Federation.
One by one, he delivered blistering - and potentially very damaging - details about interactions with his former boss, accusing the president of sacking him because of the ongoing Russian Federation probe.
On Thursday, Comey said that after he was sacked, he instructed a close friend to describe to a New York Times reporter the memo he wrote documenting Trump's attempt to convince the FBI to drop its investigation of Flynn.
Comey is expected to recount a series of interactions with President Donald Trump in the weeks before his firing that he will say made him uncomfortable. 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 past year.
The president has repeatedly denied the dossier's allegations, denouncing it as a complete fabrication, and has said leaks regarding the report from usa intelligence agencies amounted to "something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do".
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