Trump calls ex-FBI director James Comey a 'leaker' after testimony

Gwen Vasquez
June 10, 2017

Trump has said he did no such thing. Trump said the testimony on Thursday proved there was "no collusion, no obstruction" and that "he's a leaker". They also disputed Comey's assertion that Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for a pledge of personal loyalty to the president. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said: "100 percent". Comey testified he wrote detailed memos of his meetings with Trump because he feared the president would lie. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '" Trump said. "I'm not hinting anything".

The president "never told Comey, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, ' in form or substance", Kasowitz said in a statement.

"Former FBI Director James Comey asserted yesterday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign". The possibility gained currency last month when Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations".

Trump had confirmed in a TV interview that he had sacked Comey because of the investigation, though his team had repeatedly tried to claim otherwise.

"Whatever so-called champion of law and justice would ever do that to the president of the United States?".

The president said Comey's testimony on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee mostly vindicated his previous claims about their interactions.

The leaders of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence announced on Friday that they've made two requests for evidence - one to former FBI director James Comey and one to White House Counsel Don McGahn - in relation to their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"WOW, Comey is a leaker!" It's a narrative that Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz is also pushing. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from" political "sins".

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But the self-imposed silence didn't last.

"I don't know. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Comey responded, referring to the newly appointed special counsel who has taken over the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice.

Kasowitz intends to file a complaint with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General within the next few days, the source said.

But he left aside scathing testimony by Comey, who was sacked in early May, that Trump had tried to derail a probe into his onetime national security advisor - at best, a political miscalculation by a tradition-shredding president, and at worst, a criminal obstruction of justice. Kamala Harris's questioning during the Comey testimony showed that she is a force to be reckoned with.

"I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Comey said.

Former FBI director James Comey is greeted by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the beginning of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. But, she said, he was wrong to leak his notes to the public and should have given that document to her panel.

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