"It confused me when I saw on television that the president fired me because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey testified, referring to President Trump's explanation that Comey's firing "relieved great pressure on the Russian Federation investigation".
And as been noted before, I feel like his strongest point about Flynn and why it was so improper - what the president said about Flynn and that Oval Office meeting on February 14th - and he said, Why on earth would you kick out the attorney general, the vice president, and the chief of staff if it was going to be something innocent? "He is a good guy". "In one case I called him and one case he called me", Trump said.
Trump and White House spokespeople denied this allegation.
"T$3 he President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that [sic] Mr. Comey "let Flynn go, '" it says".
"This is a president of the United States with me alone, saying I hope this". In his testimony, Comey rebuked the White House for its assertions that Federal Bureau of Investigation staff had lost confidence in him.
If Flynn wasn't central to the investigation, Matthews said, then he wouldn't be in a position to testify against Trump. That has now happened, and the many enemies the President has made will be hoping that more of his secrets and lies will be exposed in the future.
Sessions recused from Russian Federation probe only over campaign role: Department of Justice
Comey said he wanted to spur the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the investigation. Comey said there was more he could say about Sessions that he could not discuss in an open hearing.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey testified.
'There have been, and continue to be, those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications, ' Mr Kasowitz said.
By accusing Comey of lying under oath, Kasowitz is effectively accusing him of perjury.
Comey's testimony, at a hugely anticipated hearing that captured the country's attention, provided a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.
Comey shot down speculation the Russian meddling investigation has been a "fake news" smear campaign against Trump, calling the situation about as "unfake as you can possibly get". "The Russians interfered", Comey stated firmly.
Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice.
May strikes deal with DUP following shock result
An exit poll had previously suggested the Conservatives would remain the largest party but fall short of an absolute majority. Theresa May could need the support of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland in order to form a new government.
But Kasowitz's statement goes further. While they might be able to do so in the context of the various congressional investigations, now that there's a special counsel conducting an investigation, Trump becomes vastly more vulnerable, since they have no levers to influence what Mueller does or doesn't do.
Trump himself was expected to dispute Comey's claims that he demanded loyalty and asked the FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to a person close to the president's legal team who was not authorized to discuss legal strategy by name and demanded anonymity.
Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed Comey's testimony when asked about it during an off-camera briefing at the White House, saying "I can definitely say the president's not a liar".
"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said. He said he asked a friend to give one of his reports about his meetings with Trump to a reporter. Comey said he wanted to spur the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the investigation.
A University of Texas law professor and CNN contributors says it's a stretch to claim Comey's decision to go public with the memos broke any laws.
Corbyn: "It's pretty clear who won the election"
European officials are anxious that the weaker position of the Conservatives make a breakdown in negotiations more likely. An exit poll at 10pm last night correctly predicted that the Conservatives would lose their overall majority .