Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump responds to Comey's testimony, says, 'No collusion, no obstruction'

House and Senate investigators have now fired off requests for both Mr Comey's memos and any recordings the White House kept of his private meetings with President Trump.

President Donald Trump says he's been vindicated and is deriding James Comey as a "leaker" after the fired FBI director accused him of lying and trying to quash an investigation into a former national security adviser. But a day after the closely watched hearing, Trump struck back with an early morning tweet: "Wow, Comey is a leaker".

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing that the Trump administration had offered "shifting explanations" for his firing, which was confusing and concerning.

On Thursday, Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election. Trump's lawyer disputed that, saying the president never directed or suggested that Comey stop investigating anyone. Dershowitz went on to say that even if we don't like the President having that authority, he has that power and you can't turn a Constitutional power into a criminal act.

"I didn't say that", Trump responded immediately.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump's private attorney, took aim at Comey following the testimony.

"I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?"

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James Comey's first post-FBI appearance in front of the Senate on Thursday turned out to be a political anticlimax, with no major revelations about the alleged Trump-Russia nexus or the President's supposed attempt to derail the investigation.

House Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and ranking Democratic member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have worked to establish themselves as the leads in the House on the investigation into the White House's possible ties to Russian actors. "Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers".

During the news conference on Friday, ABC News' Jonathan Karl asked Trump to clarify his response to Comey's testimony. Mark Warner, the committee's top Democrat, also said he believes Comey.

"I didn't obey that", Comey said.

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Comey's charges against Trump are far more serious; in fact, the most damning so far.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior in several of their meetings.

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