WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump has finally broken his silence Friday, claiming total and complete vindication after former FBI Director James Comey’s highly-anticipated testimony before Congress on Thursday.
“No collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker,” said Trump. “But we want to get back to running our great country.”
Trump says he’s willing to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey.
Fil-Am Democrats and Republicans were among those who tuned in to Comey’s testimony, as he accused Trump of dismissing him to try to undercut the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.
Comey said Trump had a series of one-on-one meetings with him, where the President reportedly demanded loyalty and asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it important to document,” Comey said.
“I think Comey’s brave for speaking up and telling the truth,” said Democrat Tessie Guinto. “What President Trump did was illegal and inappropriate.”
Comey though publicly confirmed what he told Trump privately: that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference.
According to a media source, Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz plans to file a complaint with the justice department’s office of the inspector general early next week, against Comey making unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president.
“Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends of his purported memos of those privileged communications, one of which he testified was classified,” Kasowitz said.
In a closed session after his explosive congressional testimony, Comey told Senate intelligence committee members about a possible third interaction between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russia officials.
Sessions was a Trump surrogate during the presidential campaign.
The Justice Department denied that meeting took place.
As the Senate moves forward with the Russia probe, some Fil-Ams see a long and arduous road ahead.