President Donald Trump claimed Friday that James Comey cleared him of wrongdoing in his testimony to Congress.
Trump was scheduled to face the media later Friday at a joint press conference with the visiting president of Romania.
Ousted FBI Director James Comey provided a lot of answers during his public testimony before a Senate committee, but he left one substantial question unanswered: How did the FBI know Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to step aside from the investigation into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties? He also reiterated that the ex-FBI director, dismissed on 9 May, is a filter, referring to Comey's recognition of having provided some information to the press to put the arm on appointing a special attorney general for the investigation on the alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Comey told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show "loyalty", to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation. As he has said before, Republican noted that the history of Russian Federation was an excuse by Democrats to justify his defeat in the elections. "And some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said at an event in the White House Rose Garden. Release all tapes, I agree with that, he pointed out.
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"
A person close to Trump's legal team said a complaint would be filed next week with the Justice Department over the leak.
He hinted again that he had tapes of his private talks with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief that would disprove Mr Comey's account, but declined to confirm the existence of any recordings.
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What Comey statement says: "The President said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed".
Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, did not make any major disclosures about any links between Trump or his associates and alleged Russian meddling. You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, number one.
His opening statement puts a sharper focus on discrepancies between his and the White House's accounts of their meetings.
He said people would know about it very soon.
However, Sessions said he affirmed Comey's concerns and directed Comey not to hold any conversations about any investigation "in a way that was not proper".
But Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to sympathize with Trump.
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