Records of Comey's private discussions with Trump took on renewed interest this week after Comey testified that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of investigation himself for interfering in the FBI's work.
Trump was expected to face journalists at the White House later Friday in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. And at the same time, they've gotten in touch with White House counsel Don McGahn too, requesting confirmation of whether any recordings of the president's meetings with Comey exist, and if so, demanding they be turned over to the House Intelligence Committee by June 23/ As of this writing, that's just two weeks away, meaning that there could be another round of news-making disclosures before too long.
Comey said he believed he was sacked over his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, which includes probing allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tip the election to the real estate tycoon.
Pundits and legal experts were divided on whether Trump's actions rose to the level of obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense, while Comey said that decision was now in the hands of a high-powered special prosecutor.
Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.
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.
More terrorists arrested in Iran
At least 17 people lost their lives and almost 50 others were wounded in the assaults, which involved shootings and blasts. Two terrorist attacks on the late Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum and Iran's Majlis (Parliament) left 17 dead and 52 wounded.
Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey on May 9 over what the president termed Mr. Comey's inability to provide purposeful leadership at the Bureau and his handling of the Russian investigation.
He also accused Qatar, a key US military partner, of funding terrorism "at a very high level", and said solving the problem in the tiny Persian Gulf nation could be "the beginning of the end of terrorism". Tillerson had called on the Arab nations to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar.
The president had previewed his attacks against Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day's silence on his favorite social media megaphone.
Kasowitz's complaint, even if it has merit, appears more about branding Comey a leaker than getting him punished.
Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.
"I think it is frankly insulting that question would've been asked".
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