After Comey accuses Trump of lying, President calls him a 'leaker'

After Comey accuses Trump of lying, President calls him a 'leaker'

After Comey accuses Trump of lying, President calls him a 'leaker'

(It did.) But his passage of the information happened only after Trump threatened Comey via Twitter by claiming there might be tapes of the pair's conversations.

"I asked - the president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes".

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar", said White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives said on Friday there was no question President Donald Trump abused his power in interactions with former FBI Director James Comey but she said it remained to be seen if he had obstructed justice.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

The White House has denied collusion with Moscow.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to obtain any tapes the president might have of his dealings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

She added: "The president's fitness for office is something that has been called into question". When Comey was asked about the infamous "salacious" dossier from January, Comey was quick to say, "it was important for me to assure him we were not personally investigating him".

Also in his testimony, Comey revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey, who was under oath at the hearing, had committed perjury.

If Comey hadn't been FBI director, Trump might have never received assurance, privately or publicly, that he wasn't under investigation. "We absolutely have a right to know if there are tapes", she said.

Comey delivered a scathing indictment of his former boss, accusing him of trying to block an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and saying the White House defamed him and the FBI in trying to explain his dismissal. The veteran lawman expressed confidence that could be a matter ripe for investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, though he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.

It is unclear when Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will file the complaints, but the source said they are actively exploring their options.

"Privileged" communications refer to the Comey memos - the notes he wrote about his conversations with President Trump.

Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.

Sessions indeed recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation weeks later.

"That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me".

The president has previously said the Federal Bureau of Investigation director asked for the meeting to beg to keep his job.

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed as special counsel the week after Comey's firing, which set off a political firestorm and raised suspicions among Democrats and others that the White House was trying to blunt the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr".

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