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Trump: Suggesting I Had Comey Tapes 'Wasn't Stupid'

Says Mueller's friendship with Comey is 'very bothersome'

(Newser) - Allies of President Trump have been demanding Robert Mueller recuse himself from the Justice Department investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, reports Politico . And while Trump himself wouldn't go that far in an interview with Fox & Friends that... More »

Trump Comes Clean About Comey 'Tapes'

He says he never recorded conversations in the Oval Office

(Newser) - President Trump admitted Thursday he never recorded his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey—more than a month after he implied he may have , the New York Times reports. "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea... More »

Sarcastic Putin Offers Comey Asylum

He compares former FBI chief to Edward Snowden

(Newser) - NPR's Steve Inskeep calls it "world class trolling." Vladimir Putin joked on Thursday that Russia would be happy to offer asylum to James Comey if he runs into legal trouble in the US, reports the Guardian . It came during Putin's annual live call-in show with Russians... More »

Secret Service Dampens Hope of Trump White House Tapes

Says it doesn't have any recordings

(Newser) - One big strike against President Trump's insinuation that recordings of White House conversations might exist: The Secret Service isn't aware of any. In responding Monday to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Wall Street Journal , the agency says it has no audio recordings or transcripts of... More »

Trump's Son Backs Up One Comey Assertion

Donald Trump Jr. says his dad told Comey he hoped Flynn investigation would stop

(Newser) - When James Comey was finished testifying before a Senate panel, President Trump's attorney quickly rebutted one key part of his testimony. The president, he said, “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.” But in an appearance on Fox News Saturday,... More »

Trump Blasts Comey's 'Leaks' as 'Totally Illegal,' 'Cowardly'

Also says ex-FBI director's leaks 'far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible'

(Newser) - President Trump again referred to James Comey's "leaks" in Sunday's Twitterstorm, part of which went thusly: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the... More »

Next Up on Senate Hot Seat: Jeff Sessions

On the heels of Comey, AG will testify on Tuesday about contact with Russians

(Newser) - Change of scheduling for Jeff Sessions on Tuesday: Instead of testifying before House and Senate panels in charge of the Justice Department's budget, the attorney general will follow in James Comey's recent footsteps and testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on his contact with Russians, reports... More »

Here's How Many People Watched Comey Testify on TV

'Washington's Super Bowl' didn't disappoint

(Newser) - A whole lot of people watched James Comey call President Trump a liar while testifying in front of Congress on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to Nielsen estimates, 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the former FBI director on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and... More »

Trump '100%' Willing to Testify Under Oath on Comey

He's accused Comey of lying during Thursday's testimony, a felony

(Newser) - President Trump says he's "100%" willing to refute James Comey's testimony under oath, the Hill reports. According to CNN , Trump—taking a few questions from reporters during a joint press conference with the Romanian president Friday—denied asking the former FBI director to end the investigation into... More »

What Newspaper Editorials Are Saying About Comey

'Serious and disturbing allegations' or just petty revenge?

(Newser) - President Trump may feel he's vindicated after James Comey's testimony, but opinion outside the White House is not so clear cut. Here's a sample of editorials on the subject:
  • Washington Post : Comey "painted a picture of a president grossly abusing his executive authority," write the
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Trump on Comey: 'Total and Complete Vindication'

President breaks his silence on Twitter

(Newser) - President Trump restrained himself from live-tweeting during James Comey's testimony on Thursday, but he's starting early on Friday. "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" Trump tweeted just after 6am EDT. The latter part refers to... More »

Trump Lawyer: Comey Not Truthful in Testimony

Says Trump never asked Comey to stop investigating anyone

(Newser) - The White House has responded to James Comey's blockbuster testimony in the form of a statement from President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, USA Today reports. The statement essentially accuses the former FBI director of lying during key points of his testimony. Kasowitz says Trump "never in form... More »

White House Issues Unusual Rebuttal About Trump

'The president is not a liar'

(Newser) - 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.... More »

Comey: 'I Was Honestly Concerned' Trump Might Lie

Former FBI chief's testimony wraps up

(Newser) - The highly anticipated testimony of James Comey is now in the books: The former FBI chief was grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee for about two and a half hours on Thursday. They now repeat the process, but behind closed doors. At one point, Comey accused the White House of... More »

Comey Admits Orchestrating Leak of His Memo to Press

He asked a friend to go to a reporter

(Newser) - One of the more interesting nuggets to emerge from James Comey's congressional testimony on Thursday is that he asked a friend to leak information about one of his Trump memos to the press. The move came after Comey had been fired and after President Trump had tweeted that Comey... More »

Comey Ally: Opening Statement Is 'Shocking'

But one analysis explains why the White House and Republicans are relieved

(Newser) - James Comey's Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to have dramatic moments—but the drama began early with the release of prepared remarks Wednesday detailing private meetings with President Trump. At the Lawfare blog, Comey ally Benjamin Wittes describes the written testimony as "the most... More »

Comey's Released Testimony Is 'Equivalent of the Nixon Tapes'

So says Obama's White House ethics lawyer

(Newser) - Former FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated public testimony in front of the Senate is set for Thursday, but a transcript of his prepared remarks was released Wednesday . Vice reports the document raises a number of possible questions senators could ask Comey, including: "Were these one-on-one conversations with... More »

For Bars in DC, Comey Hearings Are the Super Bowl

Russian vodka specials, anyone?

(Newser) - In a region where many watch politics more feverishly than sports, some DC bars are opting to open as early as 9am Thursday to screen former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. WTOP has a full list of venues open to viewers, such as Shaw’... More »

Comey to Congress: Trump Told Him 'I Need Loyalty'

Transcript of Comey's prepared remarks released

(Newser) - Former FBI Director James Comey will say in his opening statement to a congressional hearing that President Trump told him, "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty" during a January dinner, the AP reports. Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence committee Thursday. His prepared statement was released... More »

Comey 'Didn't Want to Be Left Alone With Trump'

Trump 'ready for a fight' as hearing approaches

(Newser) - With James Comey's much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee approaching, insiders say President Trump is getting ready for a fight. The former FBI chief's testimony begins Thursday morning, and Trump associates say the president is likely to be watching closely and tweeting furiously, reports the Washington Post... More »

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