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One word from Comey's testimony could determine whether Trump obstructed justice

14 Juin 2017

Specifically, critics have pointed to several statements Comey has said Trump made, including a request to end his investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.

In a May interview with NBC News' Lester Holt, Trump claimed the January meeting took place because Comey "wanted to have dinner" with the president. The Comey testimony was, at the very least, a stinging portrayal of a president who doesn't understand or evidently much care how our government is supposed to work.

President Trump will reveal "next week" whether or not he has taped private conversations between himself and fired FBI Director James Comey, according to the president's legal team.

He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 USA presidential election and colluded with Trump's campaign.

The POTUS, Comey claimed, had also sought a loyalty pledge at a one-on-one dinner at the White House a week after his inauguration. "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel".

And then "confused and concerned" as he was, Comey used this very pretext to usurp the Justice Department's authority in calling Clinton "extremely careless" and yet letting her go as if he were the only honest cop in town.

Comey confirmed what Trump had said when he fired the FBI director last month: Comey had told the president on three different occasions that he wasn't the target of a criminal investigation.

Comey testified Thursday that he made a decision to pass on his notes of meetings with Trump to a Columbia professor friend of his to leak to the New York Times after perceiving the Trump tapes tweet as a threat.

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Trump should have given a straight answer when asked whether he has tapes of his communications with Comey during last week's news conference, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN on Monday.

Comey said he instructed his friend, a Columbia law professor, to give the memos to The New York Times. "I think it's frankly insulting that that question would be asked".

"You may have taken it as a direction, but that's not what he said", Risch responded. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to obtain any tapes the president might have of his dealings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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Pressed again later about obstruction of justice, he repeated: "That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out". "We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling".

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating suspected Russian election meddling, have written White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether tapes exist and, if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23.

Lewandowski also suggested Comey should be prosecuted if it's revealed that he leaked information a few times.

One word from Comey's testimony could determine whether Trump obstructed justice