Former FBI chief Comey testifies before Senate, blasts Trump for 'lies'

  • Former FBI chief Comey testifies before Senate, blasts Trump for 'lies'

Former FBI chief Comey testifies before Senate, blasts Trump for 'lies'

President Trump, however, refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped.

Almost 20 million Americans tuned in to watch former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress on TV this week, according to data released Friday.

US President Donald Trump has denied he told then-FBI chief James Comey he hoped an investigation into a former national security adviser could be let go, adding he was "100 per cent" willing to give his version of events under oath.

Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 9, later admitting that the Russian Federation probe was on his mind at the time. And regardless of what the Democrats and their allies in the media will howl about, the real story here is that Comey's testimony strengthens the president's ultimate case.

In her words - "More sleep might be a solution for him". In the post, the president said: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker".

"James Comey calling the president a liar?" "That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me". Are the actions such that we reasonably infer the corrupt nature of the intent from the evidence of what was done?

"I think I'm done", Blunt told reporters before walking off. Trump later contradicted his own staff and acknowledged on May 11 he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe. Other Republicans echo that idea - just this morning Speaker Ryan was reported to have said that: "He's new to government, and so he probably wasn't steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Justice Department], FBI and White House".

The inspector general's office investigates fraud, waste, and other misconduct by Justice Department employees, including those at the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and it can investigate employees and officials who are no longer working for the department.

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

But the case remains essentially circumstantial, said Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at University of North Carolina who testified at the Clinton impeachment hearings. "It's not something I'm doing now". And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. Even some of his harshest critics seem to have the same idea: they contend that the President was acting like a corporate CEO and not the President, and that he simply did not know how the Executive Branch functioned.

Comey, who testified before a Senate committee on Thursday, asserted that President Donald Trump had fired him to interfere with an investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign and reaffirmed the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

But few if any have as public a profile as Comey or have generated such intense feelings. Or, as various commentators have suggested, why didn't Comey say, "I'm sorry, Mr. President, but this is highly inappropriate and I'm going to have to excuse myself"? The question about Russian interference in the last USA presidential elections is now nearly a moot point.

Both those scenarios remain unlikely however, at least for the meantime. Recent US presidents who have faced impeachment, namely Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, have been tripped up less by the original criminal charge than by the lesser charge of covering up.

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 underway.

So Mr Comey's testimony will not trigger legal proceedings any time soon, but it does have the potential to damage the president's political standing and resonate with moderate voters, Mr Posner said.