Trump claims 'complete vindication' after Comey testimony

In a rare show of self-restraint from a man who often seems to lack it, President Donald Trump stayed off Twitter Thursday as former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of Congress. We also learned the whole Russian collusion theory is most likely conspiratorial. Watch his speech here. "It hasn't recovered from that".

Comey also accused the Trump administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing last month, declaring that the administration then "chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI" by claiming the bureau was in disorder under his leadership. They said that President Vladimir V. Putin uses an extensive network of government officials and private citizens with deep links to Russian spy services who supplement the intelligence apparatus and report back to the Kremlin. Angus King of ME that he had to break a date with his wife when Trump called him for a dinner at the White House.

In addition, Mr. Trump's lawyers may object to Comey's disclosure of private conversations that he had with the president, which they will argue are protected under executive privilege. And Comey felt compelled to write up a memo after most meetings with Trump as a precaution.

Comey, by the way, despite serving under two other presidents, seldom met with either of them and didn't feel the need to create real-time notes when he did.

"Knowing my father for 39 years when he "orders or tells" you to do something there is no ambiguity, you will know exactly what he means", he tweeted. "That dinner was arranged".

In 2008, the federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld a longer prison term after a judge determined that a defendant had obstructed justice when he told someone "I hope and pray to God you did not say anything about a weapon". The president has not yet publicly denied the specifics of Comey's accounts but has broadly challenged his credibility, tweeting last month Comey "better hope there are no "tapes" of the conversations.

And The New York Times reported that Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February that he did not want to be alone with Trump.

Comey's reply on Thursday as to the presence of tapes?

Former FBI director James Comey's dramatic testimony before Congress last Thursday brought big audiences to USA broadcast and cable networks, drawing about 19.5 million viewers, according to data from the Nielsen ratings agency. "The Senate Intelligence Committee investigation and special counsel Mueller ought to get to the bottom of this matter". Angus King, an independent, coaxed Comey in a subsequent exchange to agree that he regarded Trump's comments as a "directive".

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The reporter then asked, "So he lied about that?"

I thought it was bad enough that the letter made it clear that Trump would probably be under investigation, and made more than one reference to the president's penchant for "hookers" (Comey's words not mine), but the in-person testimony was more damning.

Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating what United States intelligence agencies have concluded was effort by Russian Federation to help Trump win the election by discrediting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

And part of his decision-making came from a conversation with Obama's acting attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

When he was sacked in May, Comey said Trump had not become a target of the investigation, but added that his actions may eventually come under scrutiny in the probe. But someone else can.

In prepared testimony made public a day before the hearing, Comey recounted several meetings in which the president demanded loyalty or appeared to ask the FBI to drop its investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"It was just an excuse, but we were very, very happy, and frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true". He is a good guy.

He also pointed to Comey's revelation that he had asked a friend to pass along to the press memos he had written documenting his interactions with Trump.