Donald Trump Ridicules 'Cowardly' Leaker James Comey


A caveat: Trump's status as president probably protects him from criminal prosecution while he's in office. Trump's lawyer denied this claim in a statement following Comey's testimony.

When asked if there was enough evidence to being a justice of obstruction case, Bharara said there "absolutely" is.

Rodríguez explained that regardless of whether Trump's actions constitute the typical legal definition of obstruction of justice, a case for impeachment can still be made on the basis of the president's conduct.

"Comey is the most honest, non-partisan public servant in America".

Kasowitz is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general next week.

President Donald Trump says fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony Thursday proved there was "no collusion, no obstruction" and that "he's a leaker".

According to Comey - whose veracity was taken for granted, even by the Republican senators - Trump expressed a wish for him to drop the Flynn probe, asked him to state publicly that Trump was not being investigated and informed him, "I expect loyalty". Obstruction is a serious and complicated matter. To the contrary, Mueller is nearly certainly investigating the related Michael Flynn and Comey-firing angles. Let's further imagine that after due deliberation, Mueller issues a report, say, next year. Charles Grassley of Iowa.

The intelligence committee's work is "far from complete", he continued, despite Comey's dramatic testimony.

Barron Trump, second from right, son of President Donald Trump, looks back at Air Force One after arriving with the president and first lady Melania Trump at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, June 11, 2017. Mueller will likely seek to determine whether anyone on the White House staff discussed what Trump was going to say to, or do with, Comey.

With a special counsel afoot, everything is fair game.

She also asserted that if the tapes exist, a subpoena shouldn't be necessary.

"No, I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions last Friday at a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden. Comey wrote that that he found the question "strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I meant to".

He described an episode during the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. As FBI director in the 2000s, Mueller worked with Comey, then the deputy U.S. attorney general. The Boston Globe observes: "The two men have had similar careers". He said he deserved more credit for economic gains and stock market confidence.

A committee member, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, sided with Comey. To Republicans who support the White House, Comey's recounting of "leaking" his memos about conversations with Trump showed that he deserved to be fired.

Reed spoke on "Fox News Sunday". "There's no, "hey, I'm hoping.' You and I are friends, 'hey I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey". What is clear is that Trump does not comport himself like an innocent person who knows that the truth will vindicate him.

Bharara says he found it "very weird and peculiar" to be drawn into private conversations with the president.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, pushed back against Bharara's characterizations, suggesting on Twitter that if a USA attorney refused to take Trump's call "he deserved to be fired". Bharara was asked for his resignation, along with other USA attorneys, but he refused and was sacked. Trump says on Twitter, "Totally illegal?"

While the president kept surprisingly quiet as Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, he ended up making up for lost time on Sunday morning. You and I are friends. He lied about the reasoning for that rationale, and that's why I leaked this memo to show the pause that it gave me in being in this meeting with Donald Trump.

Back in March, Sessions stepped aside from overseeing a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after he acknowledged meeting twice a year ago with the Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador.

Sessions had told lawmakers at his confirmation hearing in January that he hadn't met with Russians during the campaign.