House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion - including audio recordings.
Comey told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show "loyalty", to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation.
"No collusion. No obstruction".
Trump's answer to Boyer's question happily accepted the he-said, he-said premise. Earlier in the day on Twitter, the president claimed "total and complete vindication" in the wake of Comey's testimony. "You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said". Comey noticed when the President was trying to hug him and when he was putting his future as F.B.I. director in question.
Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
As part of their broader effort to discredit Comey, Trump and his defenders have seized on a portion of Comey's Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he said he allowed a friend to share with the press contents of a memo detailing his conversation with Trump in the hope that it would trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor.
The leaders of the House Russia investigation, Reps.
"Should I take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news-should I do that?"
"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate.
That's a significant statement for Trump to make, given that Comey was testifying under oath.
Painter said he's never heard of a former government employee being investigated for sharing unclassified information, noting entire shelves could be filled with books written by former officials revealing the inner workings of the White House.
"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said".
Some analysts contend Comey's testimony may have done lasting political damage to Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday that Trump "is new at this, new to government", adding that he probably "wasn't steeped in the long running protocols that established the relationships between the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White Houses".
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Conservative media conservative news outlets and a number of Republicans backed Mr. Trump over Comey. It was precisely the strategy Trump and his team used during the 2016 campaign, fighting hard against Hillary Clinton until she was viewed as unfavourably as him and then squeaking past her in just enough places to win the presidency.
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But most Democrats have a far different view of the Comey impact and are eager for the congressional and special counsel investigations to unfold.
"We have in our country this insulation between law enforcement and the equal rule of law and political interference, and the president crossed that line", Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said.