Trump declares himself vindicated, and Comey "a leaker"


President Donald Trump on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI Director James Comey said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's United States election.

The House Intelligence Committee is also seeking Comey's memos -- but wants to also hear from Comey's associates given his testimony, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC News' Mary Bruce in an interview.

Mueller has to decide who is telling the truth here - Comey, who was sacked by Trump and could be motivated by animus, or Trump, who, his lawyer said recently "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone".

It's too early to say if Comey's testimony will have an impact on the future of Trump's presidency, but there is something slightly satisfying in knowing that powerful white men can sometimes be intimidated, too.

As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, "General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot" and also "asked how is General Flynn is doing".

Republican Representative Mike Conaway and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said they had also written to Don McGahn, the White House counsel, and asked him whether White House recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with Trump exist.If they do, they asked that copies of the materials be provided to the panel by June 23.

"Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president", Kasowitz said.

The president floated the notion that there was a recording of his most sensitive conversation with Comey, and that it would embarrass the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Similarly, Comey didn't take a position on whether he was sacked to stop the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, but laid down a trail leading there.

"It seems to me like it's self-serving", he said, adding that Comey sounded like someone who's angry over being fired and trying to justify it.

Comey told the committee he didn't respond more strongly because he was "stunned" that the president would ask him such a question. Said Fallon, dipping into his Trump impersonation: "Even Trump was like, 'Yeah, that sounds like me".

Postscript: White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters yesterday, "I can definitively say the president is not a liar". Comey said he acceded to a pledge of "honest loyalty", clearly uncomfortable with the phrase but not wanting to belabor the point. Sounds more like political insurance, or blackmail against a president Comey vehemently disliked and admittedly feared.

"What the president asked for was loyalty to the country", former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News.

If Trump thought that firing Comey would make the problem go away, he was sadly mistaken.

The opening remarks also only detail five of his nine encounters with Trump, and he is sure to be pressed on what happened in those remaining conversations he had with the president.

While Comey expressed his belief that Trump's comments on the Flynn investigation-which were allegedly made during a one-on-one dinner conversation with the former FBI director-amounted to "a direction", Sen.

In a written statement, Comey described his mounting discomfort in the weeks leading up to his dismissal as Trump pulled him aside in person and phoned to press him on the probe into his campaign associates and possible collusion with Russian Federation. And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't. Richard Burr (R-NC). "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning".