Trump's Personal Lawyer Responds to Comey's Testimony

Marc Kasowitz maintains the president did nothing wrong and criticizes Comey for leaking memos to the press.

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Marc Kasowitz, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, today criticized former FBI Director James Comey, while emphasizing the president is not under an FBI investigation.

In a statement he read to reporters this afternoon after Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committeee, Kasowitz said, "Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today's hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President privately: The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference."

Kasowitz left the podium taking no questions from reporters.

Comey stated in his testimony that President Trump was not personally under investigation due to the FBI's Russia probe, but dhe eclined to speculate "in an open setting" on whether he thought Trump had colluded with the Russian government because of an ongoing investigation.

Kasowitz told reporters Trump made no attempt to interfere with the investigation of former White House Advisor Michael Flynn, saying the president "never in form or substance, suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggestions that Mr. Comey 'let Flynn go.'"

This directly conflicts with Comey's testimony. Comey said that Trump told him in a private setting, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," one day after Flynn had resigned.

Comey said he took this conversation to be a direction to stop any criminal investigation of Flynn.

Kasowitz also criticized Comey's leaking of memos the former director had written about the one-on-one interactions he had had with the president to Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman.

"Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of thee privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified."

"In sum," Kasowitz concluded, "it is now established that the president was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct the investigation."

During testimony Comey declined to offer an opinion as to whether or not Trump's actions rose to the level of obstruction of justice or other criminal wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, an FBI probe continues into the Russian government's interference in the 2016 U.S election, and whether or not the Russians colluded with members of the Trump campaign.

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  1. Kasowitz left the podium taking no questions from reporters.

    Mic drop.

    And if you can’t tell your hopes and dreams to the FBI director without fear of him taking it the wrong way, who can you tell?

    1. Fist you beat me but less than 1 minute.

      Damn you FIST!

      1. How do you know it was less than one minute?

        Mic drop.

        1. Comment timestamp.

          Mic dropped and smashed with foot.

    2. I love the dialogue of comey’s side of the story.
      Trump supposedly told him he was doing an awesome job. then asked him to lay off, then asked him to remember “that thing”, then fired him.

      As much as I don’t believe anything ever anymore, can you not see trump changing direction 10 times during this whole episode?

  2. “Kasowitz left the podium taking no questions from reporters.
    I bet that was a dropped-mic-fuck-you-media-type vibe.

  3. Trump whining about Comey memos sound an awful lot like Clinton whining about Comey memos.

    1. Comey is that piece of shit that’s gotten itself stuck to EVERYBODY’S shoe.

      1. Let me be clear: everybody that deserves it.

    2. It shows that Comey is a man of his word in that he doesn’t believe in encrypted communications.

  4. Trump’s personal lawyer said something?

    Okay.

    Comey said Trump never asked him to stop the investigation and that Russia didn’t change a single vote.

    Everything else, except lingering questions about Comey’s own role in quashing the Hillary Clinton investigation, looks like hand-waving to me.

    I hope Trump can still form a working relationship with Putin on fighting ISIS. That’s one of Trump’s better ideas–ad the one that prompted much of this hand-waving to begin with. It’s certainly a better idea that invading Syria, arming quasi-ISIS, or U.S. led bombing campaigns.

    Oh, did anybody ask Comey about how John McCain got the infamous piss-gate dossier–and whether Comey had been aware of that dossier before McCain gave it to him? Did anyone ask Comey if he knows how John McCain obtained the piss-gate dossier?

    We’ll probably never find out the truth behind that, so suffice it to say–Comey said both that Trump never asked him to stop the investigation and that Russia didn’t change a single vote.

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