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Trump Friday Twitter: Vindicates self, proclaims 'Comey is a leaker!'

10 June 2017

Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 9, admitting later that the Russian Federation probe was on his mind at the time.

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed", Comey said.

The ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice.

Comey remembered the president saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go".

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic, " Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. He also recused himself from the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, "We need access to those tapes and the special counsel needs access to those tapes". When Trump was asked if that was true, he answered, "No. No".

"Now I can't. confirm or deny the issue of the third meeting". Mr. Flynn and other top Trump officials, given Comey's allegations, could be in deep trouble for their dealings with Russian Federation and other matters.

"He wants to get to the bottom of this", Christie said. "I took it as a very disturbing thing and very concerning, but that's a conclusion that I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

During the explosive public hearing at the United States senate, beamed live across the nation from Capitol Hill, Mr Comey accused the White House of spreading "lies" about him and the organisation he formerly headed.

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

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Comey testified Thursday in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. saying that he made notes following some nine different conversations with President Trump, both before and after he took office in January.

Kasowitz accused Comey of misleading senators about the timing of his leak - Comey said he did it only after being alarmed by a tweet in which the president said the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation boss "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Earlier, Trump fired back at Comey, accusing him of leaking information.

Besides his interactions with Trump, Comey also weighed in on a number of different matters including the time that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from FBI's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign, Politico reported. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in.

"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document". And also, quote, 'asked how General Flynn is doing, ' close quote.

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