Fired FBI Director: Trump Wanted Loyalty, Halt to Flynn Probe

Tucker argued that perhaps the most important revelation to emerge from Comey's testimony is that allegations about collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation are starting to look weaker than ever. Comey said that, in ways he didn't with other presidents, he immediately wrote memos detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump because he anxious Trump would later lie about them.

Comey says he did offer the president that "assurance", but resisted Trump's appeals to make that information public.

Also, the president would have to claim executive privilege before his conversations with Comey and not now, after the fact, said Mark Rozell, author of "Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability".

The statement had Washington buzzing as it disclosed that Comey began documenting his talks with Trump after their first encounter at Trump Tower on January 6.

"We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated", he said.

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

The reporter who wrote the first "Comey memo" story, Michael Schmidt of The New York Times, told CNN's Brian Stelter, "I'm going to decline to comment" on any interactions with Richman.

Trump tweeted on Friday, May 12, that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversation before he starts leaking to the press". In that testimony he had already disclosed that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the FBI probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties.

Andrew McCabe, who is leading the agency as acting director, promised the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey's firing would not affect the investigation and that he will notify the committee of any attempt to delay or derail it.

His remarks paint a picture of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director so disconcerted by his interactions with the president that he began keeping written memos of their private discussions, including one he hastened to type out in an Federal Bureau of Investigation vehicle immediately after a Trump Tower meeting.

I've never wanted Trump to tweet so badly in my entire life.

Trump's elder son was active on Twitter, however, defending his dad. Comey also said in his written testimony that Trump, in a odd private encounter near the grandfather clock in the Oval Office, pushed him to end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"Hoping and telling are two very different things", the younger Trump tweeted.

"Knowing my father for 39 years when he "orders or tells" you to do something there is no ambiguity, Donald Trump Jr. said".

Meanwhile Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "absolutely" has confidence in Sessions. At first, the White House cited a harsh memo about Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the justification, though Trump later said he would have fired Comey regardless of what the Justice Department recommended. "I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel", Comey said.

Not everything the president says in private is automatically "privileged" and therefore unable to be shared freely, unlike attorney-client privilege or doctor-patient privilege. "It's frankly insulting that that question would be asked".

Instead, some supportive Republican lawmakers simply argued that Trump's action were a result of well-meaning inexperience or dedication to his aides. He made no direct reference to the Comey hearing in his speech, though he did liken himself to people of faith who feel persecuted by the government.

Trump said he was always aware that he was under surveillance in Russian Federation and said there was no truth to the "hooker" allegations.

Fact is, Comey is the type of law enforcer so filled with his own rectitude that he has angered members of both parties with his willingness to go after politicians whom he believes crossed the line.

The White House has avoided all questions about whether such tapes exist.

"The president's new at this". He's new to government.

"He's not steeped in the long running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ (Department of Justice), FBI and White Houses".

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