Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Did Trump obstruct justice in Comey meetings?

Kristopher Nichols | 09 June, 2017, 11:14

Comey continued, saying that he was shocked the president would ask him to "let things go" and was never sure of how to respond. "That is a very big deal". "The challenge to the President is though, he says he wasn't being investigated then, but there was every indication from Comey's testimony today that the President is being now on this question of obstruction".

"And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of that memo with a reporter", he continued.

Comey is set to follow his public testimony with a closed session hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, during which classified or sensitive information like the Steele dossier could be discussed.

9 - Comey stated he could have the date "wrong" regarding an alleged phone call from Trump: "There was another phone call that I mentioned could have the date wrong, March 1st, where he called just to check in with me as I was about to get on the hospital".

In riveting detail, Comey this week has revealed conversations with Trump that include the president saying he hoped Comey could let go of the FBI's investigation of a former national security adviser. "It's frankly insulting that the question would be asked". The release drowned out what might have been a good news moment for Trump, nominating as Comey's successor Christopher Wray, a former top Justice Department official respected across party lines.

And that he leaked the memo about his dinner with Mr Trump to a friend because he thought it would result in the appointment of a Special Counsel.

He said Trump even kicked his senior staff out of the Oval Office, and the staff appeared sheepish over it, right before he expressed his hope that the police might leave the Russia-friendly Flynn alone.

Following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Charles Krauthammer said it was a "bad day" for both President Donald Trump and Comey. He seemed to be suggesting that Comey or his onetime allies at the Federal Bureau of Investigation were behind the leaks damaging to Trump, asking him to name every member of his senior leadership with whom he had discussed his interactions with Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey's long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence - the tweeter in chief himself.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", he told Sen.

After Comey's testimony, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz said Comey "admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President".

After being fired, Comey said he was distressed to see the president mislead people about the circumstances that led to his termination. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".

"I just want to hear the truth", he said.

As for Comey, Krauthammer said that he came off as "cowardly" for admitting that he caved in to a request from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to refer to the Hillary Clinton email probe as a "matter", not an investigation.

"That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning", Comey said. "We don't give up and we are winners and we are going to fight and win and we will have an unbelievable future". The opposite was the case as the firing created an enormous political firestorm that has stalled Trump's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill and taken over Washington.

Under questioning from Sen.

"There should be no fuzz on this". He had extensive business ties with Russian firms and was seated next to Vladmir Putin at a gala in Moscow. "That happened. It's about as unfake as you can possibly get".

He also seems to think the US President is a liar.

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