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5 times James Comey called Trump out on lying

-There seemed to be no question that issued a more passionate response from the cool-and-collected James Comey at his June 8 Senate hearing than when the former FBI director was asked about the underlying goal of the investigation itself: Russian interference in America's election past year. He said Mr Trump could say he was merely vouching for Mr Flynn's character and voicing concerns about how the probe was interfering with his ability to function as president.

Several comments in Comey's testimony contradicted statements by Trump and his White House staff. Career Justice Department officials had been recommending he step aside, Comey said. Mr. Comey strongly affirmed that the US had been attacked by Russian Federation, and gave no indication that in their interactions, Mr. Trump found this situation undesirable.

The White House initially claimed that Comey was sacked over his handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNew York Daily News on Trump: LIAR Winners and losers from Comey's testimony Comey testimony offers closure for some Clinton allies MORE's use of a private email server - but Trump later told reporters that Comey wasn't "doing a good job" and that he was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when he made the decision. Kasowitz denied Trump ever told Comey he needed and expected his loyalty.

The former FBI chief also said he told the president three times he was not under investigation in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Discussing the meeting in which Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Democratic Sen.

Sen. John Cornyn, who was questioning the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, asked, "If a special counsel had been appointed, they could have made that determination there was nothing there and declined to pursue it, right?"

"What struck me is that it is completely unacceptable for the president to ask the FBI director to be personally loyal to him and to ask the FBI director to drop it with regards to an ongoing investigation into his former national security adviser", said Sen. "That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Comey said. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to find out the intention and whether that's an offence".

Good Lord, release the tapes!

Trump has disputed Comey's account and implied on Twitter that there may be taped recordings of their encounters.

Comey told the committee he didn't respond more strongly because he was "stunned" that the president would ask him such a question.

Comey testified that after he was sacked, he gave copies of the memos he wrote about his meetings with Trump to "a friend of mine to share" with reporters.

Comey was so concerned by the president's conduct, he said, that he took action to prompt the appointment of a special counsel after his dismissal. And indeed it did.

Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said Comey's Senate testimony proved the president was not under investigation.

Former FBI Director James Comey before a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017.

In fact, Comey's timeline appears to be correct.

"In the context of the improper private meeting, the previous requests for loyalty and then the subsequent termination of Director Comey, this conversation looks closer to obstruction than it did before today's testimony".

Comey's testimony Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee was "a pretty powerful statement" in support of an obstruction investigation, said Harvard University law professor Mark Tushnet, a legal history expert. The Times, in a May 16 story, noted that one of Comey's associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

Sanders took umbrage when asked if, as Comey had suggested, the president had lied. John McCain's line of questioning, and judging by social media, he wasn't alone.

The lawyer also accused Comey of misstating the timing of the leak.

But his point wasn't at all clear, as the senator himself later acknowledged. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games". One month later, that fired investigator, former FBI head James Comey, appeared before the hearing to describe an executive branch that operates less like a democratic institution and more like a cross between a Mafia shakedown and an audition for The Apprentice.


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