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Trump attorney says president feels vindicated

Trump attorney says president feels vindicated Trump attorney says president feels vindicated
Freda Brock | 08 June, 2017, 18:28

Media outlets are lining up down the National Mall to prepare for Thursday's broadcast of James Comey's testimony in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Former FBI Director James Comey's much-anticipated testimony Thursday could both help and hurt President Donald Trump's bid to remove the cloud over his presidency created by multiple probes into Russia's meddling in last year's election.

In the testimony, Comey did confirm news media reports that the President had cleared the room of everyone but the two of them following a meeting, then had said about the Flynn investigation, accrding to Comey's almost contemporaneous notes: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Comey offers only that Flynn is a "good guy". "I hope you can let this go".

Schiff also said Jeh Johnson, who served as Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration, was scheduled to testify before the House intelligence committee. "And the president brings in the FBI Director and says 'please stop your investigation.' If that isn't obstruction of justice, I don't know what is". I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russian Federation or possible links to his campaign. Trump began by asking Comey if he wanted to keep his job, a question that deeply alarmed the then-FBI head.

Investigations into the Trump election campaign's alleged dealing with Russian officials had seen the White House's drive for tax reforms stall.

In it, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation official - who was leading the probe into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election - wrote that Trump told him "I expect loyalty".

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State TV said one of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested following Wednesday's attack. An Iranian MP later confirmed that the video showed his office and one of his employees lying dead.

He said: "The President feels completely and totally vindicated".

"I would expect him to hew pretty closely to facts and events", said Jack Sharman, a partner at Lightfoot, Franklin and White and former special counsel to a congressional committee that investigated former president Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

Comey told Trump he wasn't under investigation. The conversation was one-on-one and could not be corroborated if the president denied it. Comey reports in the testimony that he spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his conversation with the president and took the opportunity to "implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".

Comey's next interaction with Trump was far more fraught.

Mr Comey says Mr Trump again repeated his request to disclose he wasn't personally being investigated.

"It would have been quite another matter to fire (Comey) if (Comey) had said, 'Yes, you are under investigation, ' " said Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Republican leadership team.

Trump has blasted Comey on Twitter repeatedly since firing him. Trump fired him less than three months later.

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