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Trump vs. Comey: Lawmakers turn up heat on president about contradictory claims

13 Juin 2017

"I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Comey responded, referring to the newly appointed special counsel who has taken over the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

Here's what we do know will happen next with the multiple investigations digging into what Russian Federation did to influence the 2016 presidential election, and into whether any Trump campaign associates collaborated with those efforts. The president was pissed off that the Russian investigations were casting "a cloud" over his administration.

A caveat: Trump's status as president probably protects him from criminal prosecution while he's in office. "And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate intelligence committee but to the special counsel".

Burr asked Comey about that Thursday. Later he said Comey wasn't doing a good job. "It can be done".

After solemnly raising his right hand and vowing to tell the whole truth, a visibly aggrieved Comey kicked-off his testimony with a bid to set the record straight about the state of the bureau he led until he was sacked last month. At another, he requested that Comey let the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn go.

"It is kind of selective outrage on the part of Democrats, and I don't think that what Trump did rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors", Johnson said, referring to one of the standards that can trigger congressional impeachment proceedings against a president.

Several media reports indicate that conversation could happen in the coming weeks.

"Some of the things he said just weren't true", Trump said, adding he is "100 percent" willing to "speak under oath" to give his version of those events.

"Knowing my father for 39 years when he "orders or tells" you to do something there is no ambiguity, you will know exactly what he means", Trump Jr. wrote.

Comey's name over the years has been floated in politics, though it's not clear the former Republican - now an independent - has any interest. I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. And in testimony that exposed deep distrust between the president and the veteran lawman, Comey described intense discomfort about their one-on-one conversations, saying he decided he immediately needed to document the discussions in memos.

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The House investigation is facing the same "deconfliction" challenges its Senate counterpart is, when it comes to making sure to stay out of Mueller's way.

" "Yeah, I can't answer that question here, although I have been screaming the word 'Yes" into this paper bag for the last four weeks, ' " Oliver joked, showing a Photoshopped picture of Comey holding up a paper bag.

President Donald Trump evaded a direct question about whether he has tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and toyed with the press about when he'd confirm it. Trump staff accused Comey of committing "basic atrocities" during his Clinton investigation.

The panel asked for the tapes within two weeks.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, asked Comey if he believes Hillary Clinton would've fired him if she was president.

Mark Rozell, dean of George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, said he didn't hear anything that would point to "smoking gun evidence". And based on Mueller's reputation for keeping developments out of the headlines, we don't expect to anytime soon.

Comey, seen being sworn in during the Senate intelligence committee hearing, hurled a series of damaging accusations against the president. Also in his testimony, Comey revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation. Daniel Richman, a lawyer and law professor with Columbia.

"He's a leaker", Trump said dismissively.

Other key moments include the "tapes" tweet, and a tweet accusing President Obama of ordering an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch.