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Collins: Comey May Have 'Misinterpreted' Trump Over Firing

19 June 2017

Schumer said Trump should not only testify, but also release any "tapes" of White House conversations if he indeed has them.

Fellow Republicans are pressing President Donald Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump's offer to testify heightens the drama of his standoff with Comey, who told senators that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty and had pressured him to drop a counterintelligence investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "When [Trump] tells you to do something, guess what, there's no ambiguity in it", Trump Jr. said in an interview with Fox News" Jeanine Pirro.

A Democratic senator said on Sunday he expects tough questions for Mr Sessions about his involvement in the firing of Mr Comey when he testifies on Tuesday. When Comey said that the President "hoped" Flynn would be cleared of the allegations, it was Comey's duty as the director of the FBI to speak up forcefully to educate the President on his duty not to interfere in any way, shape, or form in an ongoing investigation.

He said that he thinks Mr Trump was trying to "cultivate some kind of relationship" with him.

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Mr Reed told Fox News "there's a real question of the propriety" of Mr Sessions' involvement in Mr Comey's dismissal, since Mr Sessions had recused himself from the federal probe into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

A Republican senator is taking President Donald Trump to task for not clearing up a burning question: whether he has tape recordings of his conversations with his then-FBI Director James Comey. When pressed on the issue, the president insisted he wasn't "hinting anything", before adding, "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating suspected Russian election meddling, have written White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether tapes exist and, if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23. It was a stunning accusation, suggesting that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director had lied to Congress, while under oath. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump said on Twitter. Mr Comey also has said Mr Sessions did not respond when he complained he did not "want to get time alone with the president again".

Bharara says Trump called him twice before the inauguration, to "shoot the breeze". On Friday he said he was "committing the United States to Article 5".

"WOW, Comey is a leaker!" He derisively repeated the "leaker" moniker when he spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden.

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"That's a decision that the president will make in consultation with his chief lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and that the president said he'll address next week", he said.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the US Senate Intelligence committee this week.

There was one other thing Comey said: "Sometimes when you start turning over rocks", you find things not related to the original criminal investigation.

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Collins: Comey May Have 'Misinterpreted' Trump Over Firing