Lankford: Trump's Flynn Comments to Comey Had a 'Light Touch'

Lankford: Trump's Flynn Comments to Comey Had a 'Light Touch'

Mr Trump tweeted that the leaks were "cowardly".

Trump addressed Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief a "leaker" and denying that he ever asked Comey for his loyalty during a private meeting between the two men. On Friday, Trump strongly suggested Comey had lied about their encounters and accused him of being a "leaker". Democrats and many legal experts believed U.S. President#Donald Trump was portrayed as a liar who attempted to obstruct justice by ordering Comey to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn, the ex-National Security Adviser. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the president's biggest challenge may not be Comey's comments but Trump's tweets. Comey said he was concerned that Trump might lie about their discussions and other details leading up to his firing.

He did, however, criticize Comey for leaking memos through a friend to The New York Times, even while he acknowledged he also does not know if that was a crime, as some in Trump's circle have suggested. The statement went on to say that Mr. Trump "feels completely and totally vindicated", and that "he is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda".

Some applauded Comey's willingness to speak truth to power, but he admitted that he didn't object to Trump's allegedly improper overtures to him. "Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said during his questioning.

Trump and his legal team denied that he asked for either, although in an interview last month with NBC News' Lester Holt, Trump said the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind when he fired Comey.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear for sharp questioning by senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday - whether that hearing will be public or closed is not yet known.

"You said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let go", ABC News' Jon Karl asked Trump during a press conference.

"On two subsequent occasions, Trump called Comey and told him the Russian Federation investigation was "'a cloud' impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country". Some say Comey was within his rights as a private citizen. Admiral Rogers testified that the President never "directed [him] to do anything. illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate" and never "pressured [him] to do so". As part of that process, Mueller will likely talk to Trump and Comey, but the inquiry will not end there. "We can all agree with Jim Comey that, Lordy, we hope there are tapes", he tweeted.

According to the YouGov poll issued on Saturday, only 26 percent of the citizens viewed Trump as trustworthy, while 28 percent said they were not sure.

Democrat and Senate judiciary committee ranking member Senator Dianne Feinstein, told CNN's State of the Union: "There were not witnesses".

"Anyone who has ever worked with Jim as far as I know, certainly speaking for myself, holds him in incredibly high esteem", said Sharon McCarthy, who worked for him at the USA attorney's office.

On Friday, Trump indicated that he was willing to do that, a highly unusual step for a sitting president and one fraught with legal hazard.



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