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 or substance" asked Comey to stop investigating anyone or demanded a loyalty oath from him. Kasowitz went on to attack Comey for leaking memos of his meetings with Trump to the media. Here's what else you need to know about Comey's Thursday testimony to Congress:
- Media outlets rushed to put out what they believe are the key takeaways from Comey's testimony, which the Washington Post deemed "newsworthy," highlighting in particular that Comey believes Trump is a liar.
- Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal's highlights include Comey admitting to leaking memos of his meetings with Trump and his statement that the White House "chose to defame me."
- Key moments named by ABC News include Comey saying he was fired to "change" the Russia investigation and declining to answer "in an open setting" whether he believed Trump colluded with Russia.
- The three most-tweeted moments of Comey's testimony, according to Twitter, were John McCain's questioning, Comey's "Lordy, I hope there are tapes," and Comey asserting Russia definitely interfered in the election.
- McCain's line of hard-to-follow questioning—he referred to "President Comey" at one point—had fellow senators, Comey, and the public "perplexed," Time reports. John Legend summed up Twitter's feelings, asking, "Is McCain OK?" The senator later released a statement saying he "shouldn't stay up late watching" baseball.
- CNN rounds up the winners and losers, including Comey (winner) and Trump (loser). Others who came out on one side or the other: Jeff Sessions, Loretta Lynch, the New York Times, and one-time Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket.
- Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel says Comey came across as arrogant in his testimony, which "was simply a last ditch attempt to save face with the American people," the Hill reports.
- Finally, CNBC states nothing in Comey's testimony was enough to get Trump impeached or even to discredit him politically. But the testimony will have one lasting impact: "It will foster more partisan bitterness and more bad feelings about our political process and news media."
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