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Trump says Comey testimony showed 'no obstruction'

11 Juin 2017

He portrayed Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

Additionally, said former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller, Comey wasn't acting as Trump's attorney, so there was "no attorney-client privilege".

This is pernicious - and risky.

Trump, however, has a long history of threatening legal action but failing to follow through. One can not vindicate the presumption of innocence by shutting down an inquiry which addresses whether an American president violated his oath to uphold the Constitution by committing criminal acts. He suggested during a congressional hearing last month that Trump associates were, in fact, suspected of working with Russian Federation to tilt the election.

Did Trump or his associates receive Russia's help in advancing their business interests? While Trump's staunchest supporters have tried to paint Comey's testimony as vindication for the president, few Republicans who don't work for Trump stepped in to defend the president's version of his contacts with Comey. Sen. Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances. Trump told no one.

For three weeks, Trump concealed, from his advisers and the public, what Yates had told him. Brian Schatz of Hawaii tweeted in response to Trump's post.

Trump is also expected to address the controversy further when he holds a joint news conference with the president of Romania on Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden.

That law stated that lawmakers had made a one-time exception and made clear that Mueller "may not serve as Director after September 4, 2013".

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Earlier in the hearing, Comey had praised the special counsel as a critical tool to discover the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election: "Understanding what efforts there were or are by the Russian government to influence our government is a critical part of the FBI's mission, so - and you've got the right person in Bob Mueller to lead it", he said.

On March 20, Comey informed Congress that the FBI was investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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"Trump asks for a loyalty pledge because he doesn't trust Comey and Comey documents everything in memos because he doesn't trust Trump", Olson said.

While President Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is reportedly preparing a leak complaint against Comey, experts say the fight over Comey's disclosures is more political than legal. He further complained about the congressional hearing, and asked Comey to publicly state what he had told Trump in private - that, as of that time, Trump was not personally under investigation.

Trump's allies are also eager to shift the conversation to Comey's conduct. When Comey refused, he was sacked. Initially, he claimed to have acted because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended in a memo that he terminate Comey for mishandling the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails.

It swiftly emerged that Trump had solicited Rosenstein's memo as a pretext. Comey's loyalty is to the Constitution and the independent Federal Bureau of Investigation whereas Trump seeks the same unquestioning loyalty he receives from members of his family.