Donald Trump: Comey's leak of memo 'totally illegal?'


This thing will have more seasons than Game of Thrones.

In the wake of the explosive testimony - in which Comey branded the president a liar and said Trump ordered him to back off an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn - Trump's loyal propagandists in conservative media have suggested the hearing essentially put to bed any questions about Trump's actions. But legal experts say that what Comey did does not appear to be illegal, as prosecutors can press charges only against those who share information that's classified or related to national security.

Mr Comey's testimony also makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey "it would be good to find out" in that investigation if there were "some "satellite" associates of his who did something wrong". But he nearly certainly would avail himself as a witness to Mueller in any obstruction of justice investigation centered on his firing, or to further discuss requests he received from Trump that he interpreted as directives.

"I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the president-elect in a memo", Comey said in his opening statement to the committee.

Regardless of what Democrats would have you believe, the president still has the advantage of being innocent.

Comey wrote that he said nothing, enduring an "awkward silence" at the dinner's end, when Trump repeated it and Comey told him: "You will always get honesty from me".

"Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", the president continued.

Asked what would happen if the tapes turned out to be real and Trump did not give them up, Collins responded, "I would be fine with issuing a subpoena, but that most likely would come from the special counsel's office".

While the president kept surprisingly quiet as Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, he ended up making up for lost time on Sunday morning.

Last week Mr Comey made global headlines when he testified before the committee about three face-to-face meetings with Mr Trump, in which the President allegedly demanded a "pledge of loyalty" and asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to end its Russian Federation probe. "It's also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that there's no basis to say there's no obstruction".

"This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference", Collins said.

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He said he was "committing the United States to Article 5". "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.

Instead, his testimony reveals the opposite: Comey is a leaker, a cover-his-derriere memo maker and a political side taker.

The text of Comey's memos have not been publicly released.

Kasowitz is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general next week.

On Friday, Trump indicated that he was willing to do that, a highly unusual step for a sitting president and one fraught with legal hazard.

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Comey testified that he was confused when he heard the president say on television "that he actually fired me because of the Russian Federation investigation, and learned again from the media that he was privately telling other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian Federation investigation".

I asked - the president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes.

"Even folks who have been his critics don't question his integrity, his commitment to the rule of law and his intelligence", Mr Warner said.

"Man up!", King said of Comey.

Still, we shouldn't let this go.