"From the first time I was alone with the president elect, I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting". Comey told senators he resisted those entreaties because the situation could change and if it did, that, too, would have to be announced. Comey said that Trump asked him specifically whether he could drop the investigation with respect to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.
The FBI investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries, and sufficient questions were raised for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor with wide-ranging powers of inquiry - work that is only recently under way.
Mr Trump said Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to confront Qatar over its behaviour.
Pundits and legal experts have been 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 Mueller, who is also a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
(It did.) But his passage of the information happened only after Trump threatened Comey via Twitter by claiming there might be tapes of the pair's conversations.
But it was a Democrat, Sen.
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Trump wouldn't rule out a previous claim that there may be tapes of his conversations with Comey.
Trump's outside lawyer insisted Thursday that it was Comey who lied when he detailed conversations between himself and the President, raising the accusation that Comey committed perjury while testifying under oath. "President, this is wrong, '?"
The February meeting was one of several one-on-one encounters that Comey said made him feel such intense discomfort that he felt compelled to document them in memos. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have". But it added to damaging perceptions of the president, at home and overseas, that are not in America's best interests.
The hearing unfolded amid intense political interest, and within a remarkable political context as Comey delivered detrimental testimony about the president who fired him, a president who won election only after Comey damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the campaign.
"Then I hung up and called my wife and broke a date with her". She's argued she was on track to a victory when Comey's move raised fresh doubts about her.
Kushner will likely be asked about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him. Any recourse against Trump would have to be addressed on Capitol Hill, with the House and Senate as judge and jury.
"It's a great question", Comey replied.
"There should be no fuzz on this".
Russian Federation has denied such interference. "On top of that the Russian Federation investigation itself is vital, because of the threat", he said.
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