James Comey's testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday prompted a notable rebuttal from the White House. “I can definitively say the president is not a liar,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, per the Hill. "I think it is frankly insulting that question would be asked.” The question came after the former FBI chief said President Trump had chosen to "defame" him and the FBI upon his firing with allegations that the agency was poorly run and in disarray. "These were lies, plain and simple," he said. Comey also testified that he took copious notes of his meetings with the president because he was concerned Trump would lie about them.
Another person coming to the president's defense in regard to Comey was House speaker Paul Ryan, notes Politico. “The president’s new at this," he said in response to questions about the president's behavior toward Comey, including Trump's alleged suggestion that the FBI ease off its Michael Flynn inquiry. "He’s new at government. He’s not steeped in the long running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI, and White Houses," said Ryan. On Wednesday, however, Ryan had acknowledged that Trump asking for a pledge of loyalty from Comey would be "inappropriate."