Clinton said that a letter Comey sent to Congress in the final weeks of the campaign indicating that the FBI was reopening the email investigation to examine a batch of emails was devastating.
Following Comey's testimony, Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz sharply criticized Comey for leaking what he called "privileged communications" between the president and the then-FBI director.
Two other Jewish scholars, meanwhile, were duking it out at Twitter over whether what Comey was describing amounted to Trump obstructing justice.
Trump, who spent time meeting with Kasowitz after returning from the speech, also declined to answer shouted questions about the testimony at a panel with governors and local government leaders who had come to the White House to talk infrastructure.
The Senate committee tried to get at what was actually said between Trump and Comey in highly unusual private conversations.
Comey said, "The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led".
What did the president meant when he said what he said? The veteran lawman expressed confidence that could be a matter ripe for investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, though he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.
"I took it as a direction", Comey told the committee. They are focusing on whether such a meeting took place April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, where then-candidate Donald Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address.
"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said. But I feel that in Mr. Comey is a true patriot.
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A central - and unresolved - question from the hearing revolves around whether President Donald Trump was trying to derail the Russian Federation investigation by pressuring, and ultimately firing, the man in charge.
The memos might be the best insight into their conversations, though Trump once tweeted that Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" before he leaks anything to the press. He and his brother, Eric, now run their father's business in NY.
"No. He called me at my desk at lunchtime and asked me was I free for dinner that night", Comey said, adding that he had to break dinner plans with his wife.
"All I know is that I watched his testimony this morning and I never really thought of what he had done to the Clinton camp, which at the time I found absolutely outrageous and appalling", Manley said.
"I've seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
Comey said it was that tweet that prompted him to ask a friend to reveal the contents of the memo to a reporter the following Tuesday, May 16. "That concerned me because that language tracked the way the [Clinton] campaign was talking about the FBI's work, and that, that's concerning".
According to Comey, Trump said in a private Oval Office conversation, "He [Flynn] is a good guy". Meyers found it incredibly amusing to see people like House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defending Trump and his interactions with Comey, saying "he's new at this" and didn't know better than to have one-on-one meetings. "I was so stunned by the conversation, I just took it in".
That's not a "no".
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