Comey paints Trump as a 'pants on fire' president

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Both the conversation between Trump and Comey about Flynn and the firing itself were obstructive acts, she said.

In a politically charged hearing on possible Trump campaign collusion in Russian election meddling, Texas U.S. Sen.

In his opening monologue tonight, Tucker Carlson reacted to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey also said in his written testimony that Trump, in a odd private encounter near the grandfather clock in the Oval Office, pushed him to end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey said during his hearing Thursday that the Trump administration tried to use "lies" to undermine him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, leading him to write memos after each time he and Trump spoke to create a record of the conversations.

The details shared by Comey are likely to further fuel the debate over whether the president may have attempted to obstruct justice by pressuring the FBI director about a sensitive investigation.

"The lawyers are going to dig into obstruction of justice", Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the intelligence panel, said after the hearing.

Comey stated he had no doubt that the Russian government was behind the hacking of Democratic Party offices and the leaking of stolen data.

To convict someone of obstruction of justice, prosecutors need to show that person meant to interfere with an investigation or proceeding. It does not matter whether the person succeeded or not.

Philip Allen Lacovara, a former deputy solicitor general in the U.S. Justice Department, told As It Happens host Carol Off that he believed Comey's testimony was enough to establish elements of a crime.

It's that the President's thoughts, however spiteful, damaging or just plain inaccurate, are sprayed straight from his brain to his 31.8 million followers and a receptive audience of millions more in mainstream and social media which disseminates them within seconds around the globe. He did not. Because Comey did not see any obstruction, that closes this silly case. Such an offense potentially could lead to Trump being impeached by Congress, although his fellow Republicans who control the Senate and House of Representatives have shown little appetite for such a move. But if it is, the White House is in real trouble.

Only two USA presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

That was when, according to the document he released Wednesday, Trump said to him, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

But his appearance had been billed as Watergate and the Clinton impeachment rolled into one, another step toward Trump getting permanently helicoptered out of the White House in a Nixonian tableau, and by this standard, his testimony didn't deliver. He said Trump had sought a loyalty pledge from him and wanted him to drop a Russia-related probe into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"Asking others to leave the room could suggest the president was aware that there was something wrong with what he was doing", Wright said.

In a speech to supporters across town, Trump vowed to fight on.

Comey recounted in vivid detail conversations with Trump that he viewed as an effort to undermine an investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said. But that falls short of what Democrats, in their current fevered state, hyped this into. Russia! Russia!' Tucker said.

It's a simple "logic exercise" to reach that conclusion, Olbermann explained.

"He was the sharpest in that line of criticism", said Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston.

Umm, I hope that I speak for everyone when I say, STFU Lil' Donnie.

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