Fact check: Trump tweets he was 'vindicated' by Comey testimony - not quite

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 10, 2017

Even though his prepared statement had been released and read by millions of Americans a day earlier, former FBI Director James B. Comey's testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee was sensational, riveting and sickening.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired last month, Comey on Thursday described months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

During his televised testimony, Comey said he made the notes after the meetings because he thought Trump might not tell the truth about the conversations.

When asked during a transportation presentation at a South Brunswick vehicle dealership if Comey's released statements about President Trump asking the former FBI director to "let it go", regarding the investigation of Michael Flynn indicated possible evidence of obstruction of justice, Christie, a Republican, simply answered "no".

When asked, Trump also said that he would "100%" speak under oath to recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.

Comey said he did not know if Trump taped their conversations, but would be fine with them being released if they exist.

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.

"It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee.

"He wants to get to the bottom of this", Christie said.

Comey also said Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on January 27 that he needed "loyalty". He said Trump told him he had "hope" that the then-director would "let Flynn go", and that he took the suggestion as a "direction".

As Comey's written testimony underscored, he and the USA president had an awkward, topsy-turvy relationship.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey remarked at one point yesterday, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over any claims from the president. Pressed on the issue, he insisted he wasn't "hinting anything", before adding, "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

"That's a great question", Comey said. "I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in". He blasted the President and members of his administration for what he described as a campaign to "defame" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning", Comey said. Any recourse against Trump would have to be addressed on Capitol Hill, with the House and Senate as judge and jury.

He is also unlikely to reveal new details of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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