Fired FBI Director James Comey has said there should be "no fuzz" about Russia's role in influencing the 2016 U.S. election that brought Donald Trump to the White House, as he cited a "campaign driven from the top of that government" with goal and technical sophistication.
That's no small thing, given how all has gone lately at the White House. But he made clear his stance that Comey said nothing to the Intelligence Committee that proved Trump or his campaign associates were in cahoots with Moscow during the election or before he was sworn in, nor that Trump obstructed justice in his private talks with Comey. "Think of that. I hardly know the man".
At the same time Comey reinforced what seems to be a bi-partisan consensus view in the Congress (though not at the White House) that Russian meddling in last year's election amounts to a serious matter still worth exploring.
During the news conference on Friday, Trump also repeated his lawyer's assertion Thursday that Comey's testimony had vindicated him and showed he did nothing wrong.
He said he would also welcome news of tapes of his conversations with Trump, saying, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
But lawyer Jay Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise".
The Republican president stopped short of saying that Mr Comey lied under oath.
Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.
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May tried to reassert her shattered authority at the weekend by announcing her new cabinet with no changes among her top team. "Let's get on with the job".
"No more game playing", Schumer said.
"You may have taken it as a direction, but that's not what he said", said Sen.
Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the Russian Federation probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director detailed "disturbing" interactions with Trump that led to his firing on May 9.
The president's son frequently disputed Comey's remarks, retweeted factually dubious or false claims and shared television clips from pundits supporting his father.
Comey wanted to prevent the appointment of a special counsel for Hillary Clinton, who was the subject of an FBI investigation, but he wanted to "prompt" the appointment of a special counsel for President Trump, who was not the subject of an FBI investigation. Comey was leading that probe. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" he wrote.
"If there are tapes, we will get them", Risch said.
Trump published his tweet shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday morning, during the time frame when he typically shares his thoughts on Twitter.