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US President Donald Trump on Sunday characterized the leak of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's memo of their conversations "cowardly" and suggested the act could have legal consequences. Richman declined to answer further questions, including whether he still possessed a copy. And the worst he could say about Comey was to call him a "leaker", which Comey freely admitted in his testimony.

Meanwhile, another branch of the GOP - including the president - is latching onto the fact that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director mentioned giving his memos to others with the intent of getting them into the press.

"It's very hard to get the media to focus on your issues when there's so much turbulence happening, but you have to do it", Bonjean said. "Those were lies, plain and simple". Republicans have pressed Trump to say whether he has tapes of private conversations with Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena.

Trump has publicly disputed some of Comey's version of events, including allegations that he asked Comey to potentially drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Comey's recounting of a private White House dinner where he allegedly asked for "loyalty". Trump desperately wanted the Russian Federation investigation to end. I'm not going to speculate about that. Was this enough to constitute obstruction of justice? There will be much debate over what "hope" meant in that context.

"He should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel", Collins told Brianna Keilar on CNN's "State of the Union".

We know that James Comey had lost faith in a previous boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He is not a lifelong Democrat with an ax to grind. The matter has dogged the Republican president's early months in office. Investigators and the public will have to decide whether they believe Trump, who lies all the time, or Comey, who has a flair for the dramatic but also the bearing of an oversized Boy Scout. Trump alluded to the existence of tapes again on Friday, but wouldn't say definitively whether recordings of his conversations with Comey exist. Those are not the words of man with something to hide. We now have an escalating polygraphist duel between the political drama's two principals-one who has a moralist's reputation for truth-telling, the other who has made 623 false and misleading claims since assuming the presidency, according to The Washington Post's fact checker.

It's also widely acknowledged that Trump tripped a few circuits when Sessions recused himself from any Russia involvement after it was revealed that he misled the Senate committee during his confirmation hearing about contacts with Russians. "If he were the president of a college or an important think tank, he could pursue the issues that mean the most to him and not be anxious about trying to make anyone happy".

"If there aren't tapes [Trump] should let that be known".

On Tuesday, Sen. Warner wanted to know if Sessions later asked Comey what happened in his one-on-one meeting with the president.

During his testimony, Comey also explained that it was President Trump's penchant for lying that led him to begin taking notes on their meetings after being tricked into an awkward one-on-one with the Donald. From there they fan out to lesser persons and entities.


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