Trump says Comey cleared him. He didn't

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".

When Trump was asked if that was true, he answered, "No. No". The kind of boss who misrepresents or even blatantly lies.

Comey told Congress that he took detailed written notes following each of his nine conversations with Trump - beginning right after their first meeting on January 6 in Trump Tower - because he "was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting".

The morning message was Trump's first comment - aside from a statement from his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz - regarding Comey's stunning Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At a Rose Garden press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis this afternoon, Trump was asked why he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony and if White House tapes exist.

Comey's calm demeanour and the release in advance of his written statement belie the seriousness of what has been alleged. That is a crime, not unlike obstruction of justice.

During one White House dinner, Comey recalled that the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former top aide Michael Flynn - who is under investigation over his Russian Federation ties - imploring Comey to "let this go". He also told reporters that he will talk about the tapes he allegedly has of him and Comey "sometime in the very near future". Was that a direction?

Republicans have looked to discredit Comey by calling him a "leaker" because of the way he disseminated the information about Trump.

"I haven't had conversations with them about that, and so I don't want to speak for them, but I will say that it's something we should be able to agree on a bipartisan basis that we ought to subpoena those tapes", Castro responded. Comey could only offer honesty.

Trump backers excuse these actions as the inexperience or naivete of someone new to politics.

The story, titled "Comey Expected to Refute Trump", was (of course) based on the word of "several anonymous sources". "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins".

Trump: Over a very short period of time. We are seeing things that would have been unthinkable in 2016.

Trump has begrudgingly accepted that assessment.

Karl, it seems, is one of those Fake News Network Killers-"Remember how nice you used to be before I ran?" It was a piece of scene-setting by the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Collins says Comey's motivation "may have been a good one", but says Comey should have given that document to the Senate committee. "That happened. That's about as unfake as you can possibly get". The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

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