In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee former FBI Director James Comey opened up on Capitol Hill months of distrust of the president, asserting that Trump had ﬁred him to interfere with the investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign.
Comey detailed to the Senate in his evidence of multiple conversations he had alone with the president, Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of these meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House. In these meetings Trump allegedly pressed him to show “loyalty,” to back off on the FBI investigation of aide Michael Flynn and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation.
Trump refutes the claims and said he never asked Mr Comey for a pledge of loyalty and never said he hoped the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn would go away. “No I didn’t say that,” Trump stated abruptly.
Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped “Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future,” Trump said, when asked about the existence of the tapes.
“I’m not hinting anything.” He added: “Oh you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”
Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican said Comey’s motivation “may have been a good one.” “I found him to be credible, candid and thorough,” Collins said of Comey on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”. Few Republicans who don’t work for Trump stepped in to defend the president’s version of his contacts with Comey.
While Senator Collins was defending Comey, formerTrump campaign aide Corey Lewandowski On the USA’s “Today” show, claimed that Comey was part of the intelligence “deep state” out to undermine Trump. “His goal is to manipulate media, manipulate the press … He’s everything that’s wrong in Washington,” Lewandowski said.
Trump now faces the prospect of facing charges into obstruction of an investigation