Collins: Comey Created Precedent For One-On-One Meetings, Trump Was Continuing Practice

As for Trump's comments that there might be tapes of his conversations with Comey, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.

It is an audacious person who would stake her reputation, if not her immortal soul, on Trump's veracity.

There is plenty of smoke around the investigation - mostly a pattern of dissembling by Trump associates about contacts and business dealings with Russians - but we do not yet know if they are hiding incriminating underlying contact or simply lying as a matter of habit, as Trump himself seems to.

How else do you explain Trump praising Comey one moment - just days before the presidential election in November - for having the "guts" to make public the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server and then firing him in May for his handling of that same investigation? If anything, Comey's testimony shows that Trump's major mistake where Comey is concerned is waiting so long to fire him.

It is up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to find out if Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice by asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to let Mr. Flynn go and whether he lied to the American public over Mr. Flynn, Mr. Comey and Russiagate.

It does no such thing. Comey said that at a White House dinner January 27, Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty".

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference, knocking Comey for disseminating the content of a memo he kept on a dinner he had with the President. But let's review what is not in dispute.

Those reasons are unclear - but Sessions had failed disclose at least two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump denied saying that to Comey about Flynn, who resigned in February after it emerged that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about calls he made to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

A Huffington Post/YouGov poll conducted on June 8 and 9 revealed that 46% of Americans consider Comey to be more "honest and trustworthy" than Trump.

All of this yields a picture of a president who does not want all the facts known. Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? Comey didn't comply and was cashiered.

The committee also sent a letter to Mr Comey asking for any notes or memos about the discussions he had with Mr Trump before being abruptly fired last month.

When senators questioned them about that report Wednesday, they refused to answer and refused to say why. Sen. "I don't see any evidence of anything happening here and it is a result I think it's time to move forward". Republicans were far more in favor of Trump - 58% chose him as the more trustworthy pick - while 78% of Democrats put their trust in Comey.

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