Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

And, is it an issue for the courts or Congress to decide?

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the Trump administration's characterizations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his work there as a justification for his firing were "lies, plain and simple".

"We're under siege", Trump told a group of evangelicals Thursday as Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He portrayed President Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Mr Trump's request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

"I don't think it's for me to say" whether Trump committed obstruction, Comey demurred, "but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward, to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

Reps. Adam Schiff, D-California, and K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who are investigating the Russian Federation issue on the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to White House counsel Donald McGahn asking whether the White House has any recordings or memoranda of Trump's conversations with Comey or whether any have existed in the past. "Something about the way I was conducting it, the president felt, created pressure on him that he wanted to relieve."Given Comey's reputation as a methodical, ultra-cautious investigator, the testimony was damning, said a Washington lawyer who served in a top position in a prior administration".

Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California, a senior member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said in a statement, "I see firsthand the distinction between the legal and counterintelligence aspects presented by Director Comey's testimony this week".

"The president is not facing a particularly compelling case of obstruction for prosecution at this time", said Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University School of Law. It may also lead to his impeachment.

Meanwhile, Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz said he would file a leak complaint against Comey with the Department of Justice for giving his account of the conversation with Trump to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet. Comey said then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed him "not to call it an investigation but to call it a matter".

No American president has ever been indicted while in office, though two, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were impeached but later acquitted.

He asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

"That's a very hard standard to meet", Turley said.

Earlier, in a characteristic early morning tweet, Trump said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

"Therefore, it would be impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he acted corruptly", McCarthy said.

The president held a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

With talks of large scale protests, including a campaign to "show your rump to Trump", it seems he's not keen to visit Britain if the public don't want him there, according to the New York Times.

The former Alabama senator was an early supporter of Donald Trump, and Sessions' contacts during the campaign with Russia's ambassador to the United States have raised questions.

A Congress that, by January 2019, might not be under full Republican control.

He said he tended to believe Trump's denial of having done "anything wrong with the Russians", wryly adding: "He can't collude with his own government".

Related news