Trump made the same claim a second time, telling Comey in a later Oval Office meeting "that he hadn't stayed overnight in Russian Federation during the Miss Universe trip", as Comey wrote. He's either very sick or very dumb.
Trump also discussed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, and he threatened to seize control over the agencies, which he does not view as doing good jobs.
He briefly served on Mueller's team past year, but was removed shortly after the Justice Department inspector general's office stumbled upon the text messages. "But because of the fact that it's going on, and I think you'll understand this, I have decided that I won't be involved".
The Mueller legislation approved by the Senate panel may be largely symbolic, since Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring it up for a full Senate vote.
"When you say to Republicans 'Why do you work with this president?' And sit there and say you would still have this job tonight, isn't there a disconnect there?"
"It's not even going to be considered on the Senate floor". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the committee, adding to pressure on McConnell. Regarding the Clinton investigation, he grilled Comey about writing his exoneration letter months before interviewing Hillary Clinton and how the FBI allowed top Clinton aid Cheryl Mills to sit in on the interview as Clinton's lawyer despite herself being part of the investigation.
Trump again called the investigation "a witch hunt" and insisted there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation. Trump made the remark to discredit Comey. Trump recently pardoned him.
"He said I didn't stay there a night", Trump told Fox & Friends. "I stayed there a very short period of time but of course I stayed". "That memo was unclassified then, it's still unclassified", Mr. Comey said. On obstruction, he also denies wrongdoing, but the matter is slightly less clear cut because he is willing to "fight back", as Trump has described on Twitter. If there was a public interest in keeping the memos secret the day before Comey was sacked, why didn't that public interest matter the day after he was sacked?
The interview was called "unhinged", "rambling" and "disastrous" on social media.
After much anticipation James Comey released his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership last week; within the book Comey recounts the President of the United States demanding loyalty from the FBI Director. He said: "He's just wrong".
Trump denied having that conversation with Comey. "It's a disgrace", Trump said.
During his entire book tour, few have held Comey's feet to the fire better than Meghan McCain. 'Not on the handling of classified information because that's frivolous, but on, "Did I comply with policy?"
"I thought it was exceptional for our case, and I thought it was disastrous for him".