Comey testimony: Trump responds, claims 'total and complete vindication'

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday (29 March) promised a thorough investigation into any direct links between Russian Federation and Republican President Donald Trump during his 2016 run for the White House.

Former President Barack Obama ordered United States intelligence agencies to assess whether Russian Federation tried to intervene in the election after a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee in July 2016 and the publication of thousands of hacked personal emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager in the month before the November 8 election.

"There might be corroboration of our conversation, there might be a tape", Comey said.

Comey's hearing was the most dramatic testimony on Capitol Hill in years, featuring an ousted FBI chief accusing the sitting president's administration of lying about him and his former bureau. The person spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the president's thinking.

The team is also expected to file a submission with the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the Post's Philip Bump, this is the third-longest stretch without a Trump tweet since he declared his candidacy, and the longest since the inauguration.

After his public testimony this morning, former FBI Director James Comey also met in a closed hearing with Senators. And Risch noted that Comey had said he interpreted Trump's words as a "direction" to drop the Flynn investigation.

She says she believes part of the problem is a lack of shut-eye.

Mr Trump stopped short of saying Mr Comey lied under oath.

The RNC's Twitter account used the hashtag #BigLeagueTruth - a reference to Trump's frequent use of the phrase "big league" - to mock the witness as "James "I could be wrong" Comey". Mr. Comey hurled no grenades, but landed an occasional punch, and when night fell Democratic dreams of impeaching the president had shrunk from no fire, no smoke, to not even an incriminating vapor.

Pro-Trump Republicans who were pleased by Comey some seven months ago may now concur with the president's assessment of Comey as a "showboat". Trump responded Friday by saying Comey was a liar. In his statement Thursday, Kasowitz appeared to be referring to a New York Times article from May 11, which makes no mention of memos and only cites "two people who have heard [Comey's] account of the dinner".

"Mr Trump also seized on the release of Mr Comey's memos, ".and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

The president heads to his home in Bedminster, New Jersey on Friday.

One day of huffing, another day of puffing, and we're just about where we were.

The Republican leader zeroed in on Comey's confirmation that he personally was not under investigation over his ties to Russian Federation.

Trump has been unusually silent on Twitter and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters Thursday about the testimony. Obama told intelligence officials to deliver a report on possible foreign interference before he left the White House in January 2017.

Dianne Feinstein of California, who asked the question that many Republicans have raised in the weeks since Comey's firing as one media leak followed another revealing Comey's claims about Trump's inappropriate interactions with him. And Comey - who's now earned the hatred of both political parties in less than a year - came off as a gallant defender of the truth.

In a statement he read to reporters at the National Press Club, Kasowitz said, "the president never, in form, or substance, directed or suggested, that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including the president never suggested that Mr. Comey quote, let Flynn go, close quote".

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