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Trump 'prepared to testify' over exchanges with Comey

10 June 2017

Marc Kasowitz said on Thursday that the president never sought to impede the investigation into possible Russian interference in the United States election and that Mr Comey's leaks should be investigated.

He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has called Iohannis's trip to Washington a "working visit". Comey, fired by Trump last month as Federal Bureau of Investigation head, gave the account in sworn testimony to a Senate panel on Thursday. "I hope you can let this go".

Mr Comey also said the president defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation by claiming the agency was "poorly led", which Mr Comey called "lies, plain and simple".

In addition, Mr. Trump's lawyers may object to Comey's disclosure of private conversations that he had with the president, which they will argue are protected under executive privilege.

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While Mr Comey told Congress that the president had not personally been under investigation while he was in the post, his testimony provided a harsh back story that strongly suggested Mr Trump had tried to influence his handling of the matter. Reid points out that it seems unlikely that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, a career prosecutor, would have disclosed anything that would put himself in legal jeopardy, and she pointed out that Kasowitz does not plan to pursue legal action against Comey - the complaints are being filed with two bodies that have no legal power - the Senate Intelligence Committee and the DOJ IG.

The lawyers also plan to send a complaint to the Senate judiciary committee raising questions about Mr Comey's previous testimony to that panel.

It's unclear exactly what the complaint will allege, but Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, kept the possibility of legal action open Thursday in a statement he made in response to Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, accusing Comey of leaking privileged communications with the president. In the post, the president said: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker". "Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers".

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.

A senior Russian lawmaker has dismissed the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey as insignificant.

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Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president.

Comey merely testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI. He said it was an effort to further the investigation.

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