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

Marc Kasowitz personal attorney of President Donald Trump leaves a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington Thursday

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"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said.

"In terms of obstruction of justice, I think there's reason to believe and Mueller should look into this", she said.

Comey was sacked on May 9.

Comey was a compelling witness to the bullying behavior of this president.

Bossie said that, regardless of whether Comey broke any laws, "in a time when this president is under siege by the deep state, by this bureaucracy that is permanent here in Washington, by the intelligence communities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that are undermining his presidency and try to de-legitimize him", Comey's move was "devastating" and "really harmful to our nation". He dismissed the idea Republicans would be considering impeachment if Trump were a Democrat facing the same allegations. "No". "Trump is a fighter, he's a brawler and he's the best counter puncher in American politics". He also blasted Comey as "a leaker". If they think that the man in the White House is a crook, they will have to vote to flip the House and the Senate from red to blue in November 2018.

President Donald Trump welcomes Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis to the White House in Washington, Friday, June 9, 2017. Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship. The issue of the Trump election campaign's relationship with Russian Federation has dogged Trump's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the US healthcare system and making tax cuts.

According to Comey, Trump believed the Russian Federation investigation was a "cloud" over his presidency, preventing him from making great "deals" for America.

But here at this conservative gathering, the feeling was that on the big issues that most motivate the socially conservative base, Trump is delivering on his promises.

Comey said repeatedly there were details he could not discuss in a public session, making clear he had sensitive information he could disclose only in a closed session with the senators. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting", Comey said, "and so I thought it really important to document". "Those were lies, plain and simple", Comey said.

Comey's accusations could further mire Trump's administration in legal difficulties.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey told the panel Thursday, emphasizing his belief that the president asked him to shut down the investigation. I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that.

Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Trump replied: "100 percent".

Comey said he shared the memo with a professor at Columbia Law School, a reference to Daniel Richman, who confirmed to Reuters he was the one Comey referred to in his testimony.

Kasowitz disputed those points and attacked Comey for leaking "privileged communications" to the media.

Comey also said he'd taken careful notes of his meetings because he anxious the president might misrepresent them.

But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened clouds hanging over the White House.

Comey also bluntly accused the Trump White House of lying, asserted that Trump asked him to back off an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and contended that Trump fired him in an effort to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation.

He also seized on Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release contents of memos he'd written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter. She called Comey an "honorable individual". "He wanted to scuttle the investigation - it is hard to see it any other way", she said. McSally, who represents a closely divided district targeted by Democrats, expressed concerns that the House majority could be at risk partly because of "distractions" from Trump and his tweets. Kasowitz is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general next week, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak before the filing on condition that the person's name is not used. "You have to run up the whole East Coast and you have to win everything as a Republican, and that's just what we did", Trump said.

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