Trump says Comey testimony showed 'no obstruction'

Earlier on Thursday, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

To the editor: The ethically and morally challenged White House and too many complicit members of Congress are pushing the notion that direct evidence of a president asking the director of the FBI to prematurely end a criminal investigation of a former top advisor doesn't constitute a "smoking gun" and strong evidence of obstruction of justice.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey had committed perjury. And in a sense he should.

During Comey's appearance before the intelligence committee, he stated he had written memos following meetings with Trump-something the former bureau chief said he had not done with previous presidents.

"My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square", Comey said during his testimony.

But there's a problem.

But such legal considerations, though important, miss the real significance of Comey's testimony heard-'round-the-world.

He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive.

It turns out that Comey didn't deliver Trump his loyalty or his honesty.

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During the final months of the campaign, he posted a tweet featuring a bowl of Skittles with a warning: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?" But more to the point, if Comey were inclined to lie, he would have - and certainly could have - invented a far, far more damning story. Why believe the president when you know him to be a liar? "I hardly know the man". I'm a smart person.

Following Comey's testimony, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said that Comey's statements "raise serious questions about Attorney General Sessions that he and the Justice Department must answer immediately".

It has to be someone he respects as an equal, who will stand up to him and who he'll listen to.

Meyers: "It's a sad state of affairs when the White House staff has to handle the president like a toddler on a road trip: 'Okay, I got the iPad and the sticker book". If Trump hadn't fired Comey, or possibly if he'd just fired him in a sensible and professional manner, Comey might not have testified at all.

If a pro like Baker had been on the job instead of an amateur like Reince Priebus, when Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Priebus to leave him alone in the Oval Office with Comey, chief of staff of Baker would have stepped in immediately.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the President, in series of teases.

But no sensible person can deny that Trump - with his obsessive tweeting and aphasic outbursts - has done nearly everything he can to make that cloud thicker and darker than necessary. Trump promised to "make American great again", a slogan that still resonates with millions of his supporters. But he opted to rely on his instincts. While disputing Comey's testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as "just an excuse" for Democrats to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russian Federation.

He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier. "I think it's frankly insulting that that question would be asked".

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