Comey's testimony gives building blocks for obstruction case

Later, Comey said the entire reason he took careful notes of his meetings with Trump was because he believed the President would lie about them.

Rubio was among a vast majority of the Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee who, judging from the questioning of Comey, could well be described as Trump's political defense team.

"And he never should have asked you to let (the investigation into Flynn) go".

But the ex-FBI director also will validate Trump's assertion that he was not personally a target of the federal counterintelligence investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

He said political considerations shouldn't influence the FBI's work. "I felt it very important to get it out", Comey said. It may be that the special counsel looks at Director Comey's testimony, his memos and all the other evidence and concludes that this may have been inappropriate, but it's not obstruction of justice.

When reporters asked Mr Trump after the testimony whether he thought Mr Comey was telling the truth, the president did not respond but simply smiled through pursed lips.

Trump is watching the hearing with his personal lawyer who released a statement Wednesday night saying the president already feels "completely and totally vindicated". "The thing is, this was just another log on the fire, because America is going to continue to push forward on this".

Meanwhile, Washington Congressman Adam Smith (D-9 District) says Comey's testimony further confirms the threat posed by Russian interference with the election.

Comey did not explicitly draw any legal conclusions. He and his brother, Eric, now run their father's business in NY.

Still, there's no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.

The next month, after a counterterrorism briefing, Comey testified that Trump asked him to stay for a one-on-one conversation.

Stewart said that is part of the reason he has grown frustrated with Comey the past six months after defending him for several years.

He added that Trump's denial that the key conversation ever happened - "in the face of clear testimony from one of the most credible witnesses one could ever come across" - underlines the seriousness of it. Asked if he trusted Comey - and after seeing that reporters weren't looking at his access code - he said he was "on the record that I trust James Comey".

"Why didn't you stop and say 'Mr".

Tucker argued that perhaps the most important revelation to emerge from Comey's testimony is that allegations about collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation are starting to look weaker than ever. He is a good guy.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said at one point during his two and a half hours of testimony Thursday.

"I mean, this is a president of the United States, with me alone, saying "I hope" this".

Comey said Trump himself called him to a dinner on January 27, during which he asked him for a pledge of loyalty.

Live-tweeting the hearing, Trump Jr in particular seized on Comey's assertion that he interpreted the president's statement that he "hoped" the Federal Bureau of Investigation would drop its probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee grabbed onto to Burr's question to Comey about why he went public with the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump Jr., who has had his own brushes with the alt-right, likely is referring to Dershowitz's reputation as a liberal when he calls the scholar "not exactly the alt right". "The Senate Intelligence Committee investigation and special counsel Mueller ought to get to the bottom of this matter".

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