Chris Matthews: Trump-Russia collusion theories 'came apart' during Comey testimony

Chris Matthews: Trump-Russia collusion theories 'came apart' during Comey testimony

That probe includes an examination of whether Trump aides colluded with the Kremlin campaign to hack into American political organizations and leak stolen documents. They tried to undermine Comey's credibility by issuing press releases and even ads pointing to a past instance where the Federal Bureau of Investigation had to clean up the director's testimony to Congress.

During one White House dinner, Comey recalled that the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former national security advisor Michael Flynn - who is under criminal investigation over his Russian Federation ties - imploring Comey to "let this go".

When asked whether the president has "tapes" of his conversation with Comey, as Trump suggested in his tweet, Lewandowski added that he doesn't know and Comey should still be anxious.

"The hearing raised serious questions about Attorney General Sessions that he and the Justice Department must answer immediately", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech shortly after the hearing with Comey ended. Provided in summary in his written testimony to the Senate intelligence committee, they were written just after his conversations with Trump, when his memory was fresh and his ability to recall details at its sharpest. Kasowitz described Comey as part of a cabal inside the government "who are actively trying to undermine this administration".

In an enlightening piece well worth your time written by law professor Alan M. Dershowitz for Fox News, "Comey's statement fails to deliver the smoking gun Democrats craved."According to Dershowitz, Comey's written statement didn't provide evidence of obstruction of justice - or any other crime".

"I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted", Comey testified under oath.

Comey took the Times and other media outlets to task, however, testifying that "there have been many, many stories about Russian Federation ... that are dead wrong". 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 stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath at the hearing, which occurred a month after Trump fired him on May 9.

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And now the harshest irony is that, as Comey intimated Thursday, it may no longer be a myth that Trump is being personally investigated.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he told a crowded Senate hearing room, the whole world watching live on every news channel, and, perhaps the Lord, if you're up there. But he nearly certainly would avail himself as a witness to Mueller in any obstruction of justice investigation centered on his firing, or to further discuss requests he received from Trump that he interpreted as directives. Karl asked, referring to Comey.

The former FBI director said he thought that would be inappropriate because Trump could potentially come under investigation later because the FBI is looking into his campaign team. "That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out", Comey said.

The early morning tweet was Trump's first response to Comey's testimony Thursday before a Senate committee in which he accused the president of lies and defamation. "No further investigation was necessary", said the caped crusader.

Comey testified that Trump told him during a February 14 conversation that Flynn was a "good guy" and that he "hoped" Comey could see his "way clear" to dropping the probe into him.

There is also a potential argument to be made that the information became classified once Comey typed them on a classified laptop, as he claims to have done. Thursday's testimony just reinforced that fact and made it apparent yet again that the nation has no ombudsman, authority or HR office to call for help.

Trump was expected to face journalists at the White House later on Friday [Saturday NZ Time] in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.