Then a day after firing his first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump after “kicking out” the Vice President and his chief of staff told him, “I hope you can let Flynn go”.
MSNBC said Richman also said Robert Mueller, special counsel leading an inquiry into possible links between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation, has been in touch with the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss how the panel can get access to the memos.
Comey also told the hearing that he had explained to Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, “my serious concern about the way in which the president is interacting, especially with the FBI“.
During his hearing Thursday, Comey told the committee he made a decision to take notes of his conversations with Trump because he was “honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting”.
In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, critics of President Donald Trump have argued that his interactions with Comey constitute obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers and other critics say Comey’s clams that Trump leaned on him to somehow drop the Russian Federation investigation could amount to an obstruction of justice.
“Nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him“, he said.
Trump is again challenging Comey after the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee last week.
“Maybe he wanted to have a conversation with Jim Comey directly”, Lewandowski said.
But “so stunned” was he “by the conversation” that Comey didn’t tell the newly-installed President that it was an “inappropriate request”.
Spending the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump followed the Comey tweet with a second aimed at Democrats: “The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare”.
Last Thursday, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that it was this tweet that prompted him to leak his memos, via a law professor friend from Columbia University, to the press. “If he were the president of a college or an important think tank, he could pursue the issues that mean the most to him and not be anxious about trying to make anyone happy”. “I was so stunned by the conversation, I just took it in”.
The president’s detractors saw a completely different hearing, one where the country’s former top policeman referred to the president as a liar, as untrustworthy, and as someone who may be under investigation for obstructing justice.
Trump has yet to hold a rally in a state he lost to Hillary Clinton in November.
When it comes to finding out what exactly transpired during those private meetings and phone calls (assuming there are no secret recordings), it’s Comey’s word against Trump’s. According to Dershowitz, Comey’s written statement didn’t provide evidence of obstruction of justice – or any other crime. “We were also aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic”.