In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired last month, Comey on Thursday described months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

Russian Federation has denied interference in last year's presidential campaign. "It's not a close call".

The president's abrupt firing of Comey on May 9 - and the White House's bungled handling of the controversial move - has intensified questions about Trump's credibility.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Senator Susan Collins, a member of that committee, referring to the existence of any recordings. "We simply looked at each other in silence".

The committee also sent a letter to Comey requesting he provide the committee any notes or memos in his possession regarding his discussions with Trump. Susan Collins (R-Maine) if he had shared with anybody the memos he had written to document his conversations with Trump about the president's alleged request for Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"Anyone who has ever worked with Jim as far as I know, certainly speaking for myself, holds him in incredibly high esteem", said Sharon McCarthy, who worked for him at the US attorney's office.

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And he denied that he asked Comey for his loyalty, though he added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it".

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"One hundred percent", Trump said. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr".

The memo contained details of Comey's private conversations with Trump, in which the president allegedly asked for Comey's "loyalty". It's Comey's word against Trump's, and the expectation is that everyone - lawmakers, voters, journalists, et al - should believe the latter over the former, despite the president's total lack of trustworthiness on any subject. "The thing is, this was just another log on the fire, because America is going to continue to push forward on this". For all we know, the GOP argument goes, perhaps Comey's claims are untrue and the president has been completely honest. Trump agreed and tweeted: "Good times".

He testified that Trump told him on January 26 that he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the next month urged him to drop the probe into Flynn, the president's former national security adviser. "There's no ambiguity in it", Trump Jr. said on Fox News" "Justice with Judge Jeanine". He also admitted that he had leaked to the press memos describing his talks with Trump, saying he hoped the stories would spur the appointment of a special counsel to take over the investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

Trump said at the time he thought Mueller's appointment "hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country". "That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election they shouldn't have lost", he said. If they think that the man in the White House is a crook, they will have to vote to flip the House and the Senate from red to blue in November 2018.


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