"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".
During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior in several of their meetings.
The president and his aides backed other parts of Comey's testimony, however, including portions where the then-FBI director told the president he was not personally under investigation over Russian Federation.
And perhaps, as Comey admitted is possible, Trump and he misperceived things they said to each other. Trump avoided directly responding to the explosive accusations, defiantly telling supporters at a religious event in the capital: "We are going to fight and win".
As for house speaker Paul Ryan's comment that Trump is "new to government", Meyers drew a comparison to a fast food. Comey's testimony drew renewed attention to Sessions and his relationship with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.
At one point he practically dared Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect the president once alluded to in a tweet.
Comey during his testimony refused to say Trump ordered him to halt the probe, but said he felt Trump "directed" him to do so. "I was supposed to take her out to dinner that night". "No. 3, can you please tell the American people what these leaders in Congress already know, which you already know and what you told me three times - that [Trump's] not personally under investigation?"
"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting", he said under oath, "and so I thought it really important to document". Will the administration be able to lead a unified Trump defense?
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who is a member of the committee, said Kushner will have a face-to-face meeting with panel staff as early as next week.
During the same press conference, Mr Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism "at a very high level", and said solving the problem in the gulf nation could be the "beginning of the end of terrorism".
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file the complaint with the DOJ's Inspector General and the Senate Judiciary Committee after Comey testified Thursday that he allowed a personal friend to leak an unclassified memo of his conversations with the president to news outlets in hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
Deploying Trump's trademark bare-knuckle style, Kasowitz also suggested the ousted lawman should be prosecuted for leaking "privileged information".
Comey said that he declined to do so in large part because of the "duty to correct" that would be created if that situation changed.
"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, '" Comey said in written remarks.
A US president is given a wide array of immunities from criminal prosecutions.
"I did not say I would 'let this go, '" said Comey. It makes more sense to inquire about the loyalty of a person you do not know well because you are trying to evaluate his trustworthiness.
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