Did Trump Jr. confirm Comey's account of the president's comments about Flynn?

20 Juin, 2017, 16:36 | Author: Claudine Rigal

With former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony continuing to reverberate around the internet, Donald Trump-who mostly stayed out of the Twitter fray during the past few days-returned to his account Sunday morning to make a prediction. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!', " Trump tweeted.

How absurd! They knew the day before, after reading the text of Comey's next-day statement read before the Senate committee, that there was no investigation of Donald Trump going on.

Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a "friend" identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.

Comey delivered congressional testimony on Thursday that Trump asked the FBI chief to end an investigation into a top aide and demanded a pledge of loyalty - claims disputed by Trump.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity. During his testimony, Comey explained why he recorded his private talks with the United States president, saying that he was afraid Trump might "lie" about them.

Why would the president be so eager to see the investigation finished - as he has made clear he is?

Pressed on the issue Friday, Mr Trump said "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future".

Republican lawmakers in the wake of Comey's testimony have described Trump's conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as "inappropriate", but stopped short of saying the president obstructed justice. The firing was reminiscent of Richard Nixon ordering the dismissal of a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation. The first meeting took place at Trump Tower in NY, and the rest involved Comey visiting the White House or the president phoning him from there.

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Don Jr. also declared that everything in the Comey testimony was "basically ridiculous," which was at least consistent with his victory lap while visiting with Sean Hannity.

Comey "leaking his own memos to manipulate the system is exactly why people dislike the swamp", said Trump ally Newt Gingrich.

Mr Comey also has said Mr Sessions did not respond when he complained he did not "want to get time alone with the president again".

The first effort came January 27, when Trump invited Comey to dinner.

Comey testified that he was puzzled by the fact that the president had, on "multiple" occasions, told him he was doing a great job and hoped he would remain at the post. Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner had many meetings with Russian officials but didn't disclose them as required when he applied for a security clearance. "The president has the authority to tell the director of the FBI to stop an investigation".

"One hundred percent", he said.

"I thought it shows a lot of cowardice", Dershowitz said. The possibility of secret White House tapes prompted another Watergate comparison.

He added that if Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the US election and possible ties to Trump associates, has evidence of collusion, he should "bring it forward".

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