November 19 2017

Trump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a 'leaker'

November 19 2017, 06:57 | Van Peters

Trump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a 'leaker'

Trump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a 'leaker'

And Sen. Marco Rubio wondered "why, of all the things in the investigation, the only thing never leaked is the fact the president was never personally under investigation, despite the fact that Democrats and Republicans and the leadership of Congress have known that for weeks?"

Comey testified that Trump told him on January 26 he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the next month urged him to drop the Flynn probe.

"And we do need to know whether the tapes exist and we do need access to them".

During the final months of the campaign, he posted a tweet featuring a bowl of Skittles with a warning: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?"

"I haven't had conversations with them about that, and so I don't want to speak for them, but I will say that it's something we should be able to agree on a bipartisan basis that we ought to subpoena those tapes", Castro responded.

This is not something you normally hear from a career bureaucrat, and it was riveting political theater in a way that Trump's chaotic cartoon circus will never be.

"Comey: Trump lied about reasons for firing", was one chyron on MSNBC.

Meanwhile Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "absolutely" has confidence in Sessions. It did not mention his meetings with Kislyak.

Russian officials have vehemently denied any role in hacking attacks on the Democratic National Convention and voter-registration databases. It's possible, given Comey's remarkably candid and lucid testimony, that investigators in Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will think this is the more pressing matter.

The Times, through a spokeswoman, said it had reviewed the story in question and found no evidence that the reporting was inaccurate.

President Donald Trump fired back early Friday after the dramatic Senate testimony given by ousted FBI Director James Comey, tweeting that it was the Washington veteran who spun a tale of "lies". "My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship", Comey wrote. He did so two weeks later.

The February meeting was one of several one-on-one encounters that Comey said made him feel such intense discomfort that he felt compelled to document them in memos. "Absolutely, I'd be committed to Article 5".

ABC had the biggest total audience with 3.3 million people tuning in, just ahead of CBS' 3.29 million. CNN reported that the intelligence derived from a USA intercept of Russian communications.

In a statement it released in March, the Center for the National Interest said it invited Kislyak and three other ambassadors, who sat in the front row while Trump said he wanted to explore better relations with Russian Federation.

In the hearing Thursday, Comey said he woke up "in the middle of the night on Monday night", May 15, "because it didn't dawn on me originally, there might be corroboration, a tape".

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