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Trump attorney responds to Comey's testimony

09 June 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday about possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump prompted calls from Democrats and Republicans for an expansion of ongoing probes examining the actions of other senior administration officials.

The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation also said he expected the interference aimed at the 2016 presidential election will not be the last time the Russian government attempts to meddle with the U.S.

Ryan said he thinks that people are sympathetic with the president's reaction to the situation since Comey assured him he wasn't under investigation multiple times.

The White House had said that Comey was sacked for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, while Trump said in an interview that Comey was sacked in relation to the Russian hacking probe.

"It didn't dawn on me, originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation [there] might be a tape, my judgment was I needed get that out into the public square", Comey said.

But Comey got the last laugh, at least for now: He said he had hoped the leak would eventually lead to the appointment of a special counsel, and that's exactly what happened. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.

Mr Kasowitz said he would leave it to relevant authorities to decide whether or not to investigate Mr Comey's disclosures further.

In Ryan's press conference, he admitted the defense may not be "an acceptable excuse", adding "it's just my observation". "It's frankly insulting that that question would be asked".

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace's overwhelming verdict on former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony: It wasn't good for President Trump's political reputation.

"I'll consent to the release of them", he said.

"I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature of our meeting", Comey said.

"Yes", Comey said. "Because I've seen the president say so".

Trump's administration chose to "defame" him and the FBI, Comey said, using "lies, plain and simple".

Comey also said he'd taken careful notes of his meetings because he anxious the president might misrepresent them.

Comey's hearing was anti-climactic, as his opening statement or "testimony", was released by the Committee the previous day. However, there was much Comey couldn't discuss in public, but he did hint at his concerns, most tellingly in a discussion about his personal memos.

Despite Comey's claims to the contrary, he emphasized Trump "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested" that Comey drop an investigation into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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"When I learned that I had been fired, for that reason I immediately came home as a private citizen", Comey testified. Comey said that he hoped that the news, published in the New York Times on May 16, would compel the naming of a special counsel.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr kicked off the hearing by pointing out there were two sides to the dispute between Mr. Comey and Mr. Trump.

"The evidence just keeps piling up that there has been a very real presidential abuse of power", said Sen. "He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda".

"Let me be clear", Mr. Warner said.

While Mueller could ultimately conclude Trump obstructed justice, previous Justice Department legal opinions say he could not indict or charge a sitting president.

The president did not address the former director's claims during a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington or on Twitter.

"The continued meddling by Russian Federation is unacceptable and damaging to our democracy", Kinzinger said in a statement.

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