Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who led the Justice Department's Enron task force and now teaches criminal law at Duke University, was initially skeptical about whether the mere firing of Comey could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump had improper intent. The day after the Times story ran, the Justice Department did exactly that when it tapped Robert Mueller as special counsel.
As for house speaker Paul Ryan's comment that Trump is "new to government", Meyers drew a comparison to a fast food.
For almost three hours, the fired former director took questions from senators from both parties. He was direct and crisp in his answers, generally careful to avoid over- interpretation of the facts as he recalled them.
He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.
"Will fmr AG Lynch be charged w/obstruction of justice after Comey revelations of demands she made?" Now, with Thursday's testimony, that cloud will persist until Mueller has concluded his work.
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Broke the record of 14 straight postseason wins held by the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins , who did it twice. In the first two games of the Finals the scoring has been absurd. "I'm not making a change", he said.
"The president is not a liar", the White House spokeswoman said in defense of the man who claimed that Hillary Clinton started the Obama birther movement, that voter fraud is running rampant and that the unemployment rate was 42 percent when, at the time, it stood at just over 5 percent. Comey testified he wrote detailed memos of his meetings with Trump because he feared the president would lie.
But his testimony was not definitive. No one else from the White House or the administration ever asked him to do so. Imagine that. Mr. Comey corroborating what Mr. Trump has been saying all along. The president, he said, never asked Comey to "let go" of the Flynn investigation.
He said he also decided not to let the investigators working on the Russian probe know that Trump didn't want it investigated, so as not to influence their ongoing investigation.
JAMES COMEY: I think it's described in a written release from DOJ which I don't remember sitting here, but the gist is he will be recused from all matters relating to Russian Federation or the campaign. Not, 'Hey, maybe I should follow the law and procedure and say that Trump was doing this.
Comey's prepared testimony was released Wednesday. James Risch (R-Idaho). "I didn't obey that". The written testimony was nearly cinematic in the way the narrative unfolded, adding dramatic elements for a Washington thriller that has gripped the capital and the country for months and that has no foreseeable ending.
Former FBI Director James Comey's long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence - the tweeter in chief himself. There was no grandstanding; there were no windy speeches.
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Publicly, however, both Paris and Los Angeles bid officials have stuck to the line that they remain focused only on 2024. Wasserman's statement further distanced LA's stance from that of Paris, which has insisted it can only host in "24".
Leading off questioning at Thursday's intensely watched hearing, the North Carolina Republican had Comey state that President Donald Trump didn't pressure him to stop an investigation into Russian interference in November's election.
But Comey was firm in conveying his belief that the president was far out of line in his actions.
Comey also said that current Attorney General Sessions bailed when Trump asked everyone, except Comey, to leave a Feb.14 meeting.
Could that cover asking the FBI director to drop part of an investigation, and later firing him? I talk in an open setting about the investigation as it was when I was head of the FBI. And Comey said that he believed he was sacked by Trump to impede the FBI's overall investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections - "the way the Russian investigation was being conducted" - not just the FBI probe of Flynn.
"Hoping and telling are two very different things, you would think that a guy like Comey would know that", he concluded, adding the hashtag "#givemeabreak".
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Murray served to start the fifth set, but Wawrinka scored an early break, and then held serve to go up 2-0 in the deciding set. The 32-year-old Wawrinka, who lost to Murray in last year's semifinals, is the oldest Roland Garros finalist since 1973.