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Comey says circumstances in firing him is confusing


"The administration chose to defame me and, more importantly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader".

President Trump also said he feels "total and complete vindication" despite "so many false statement and lies" in an apparent swipe at Comey.

Comey said his distrust of Trump prompted him to take meticulous notes immediately after each of their nine discussions this year.

"All I can do is hope", Comey added later. "But I did not say that".

As for Trump's tweet attack on Comey, Pelosi said no one at the White House appears to be "brave enough" to tell the president that his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office you serve".

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had told Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation and maintained the testimony made clear that Trump "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone". President, this is wrong. You know that, I know that, everybody knows that. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have.

Comey told the Senate panel he would urge the release of any recording of his conversations with the president.

Republicans have looked to discredit Comey by calling him a "leaker" because of the way he disseminated the information about Trump. "The president knows whether or not he tapes me. I didn't say that, and I didn't say the other". I mean think of it.

A tape could help settle whether who is telling the truth, Trump, or Comey. "But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever, you watch". But what wasn't clarified was whether Trump is now being investigated for obstruction of justice.

"And remember that issue went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the president was ordered to turn over the tapes, so that precedent has been established", she said.

Citing unnamed sources, CNN reported Friday Kasowitz plans to file a complaint with the Senate Judiciary Committee over Comey's leaked memo.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden with the visiting president of Romania, Mr Trump rejected Mr Comey's claims.

"Director Comey's firing and his testimony raise separate and troubling questions that we must get to the bottom of", said Sen. Mark Warner, leading Democrat on the committee.

Trump Jr. focused, in particular, on Comey's statement that he asked a friend to leak one of his memos to the press, after Comey had been fired.

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