Donald Trump claims ‘total and complete vindication’, calls James Comey a leaker

The former FBI director said that he was fired because of the Russian investigation and that the president's comments about the standing of the FBI and him personally were 'plain, simple lies.'

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 9, 2017 4:25 pm
james comey, donald trump, james comey testimony, james comey hearing, donald trump hearing, michael flynn In this combination photo, President Donald Trump, left, appears in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 10, 2017, and FBI Director James Comey appears at a news conference in Washington on June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Susan Walsh, File)

In his first public comments a day after former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, US President Donald Trump tweeted that there was ‘total and complete vindication.’

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the President said on Twitter.

Comey’s testimony at the hearing was in connection with the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia and former NSA Michael Flynn’s purported conversations with Russian diplomats. The former FBI director said that he was fired because of the Russian investigation and that the president’s comments about the standing of the FBI and him personally were ‘plain, simple lies.’

At the same time, he admitted to leaking information about his interactions with Trump in the hope that a special counsel would be appointed to look into the administration’s ties with Russia. He added he documented his meetings with the President as he was concerned the President might lie about the nature of the conversations later.

Comey also confirmed Russia’s influence in the presidential election by saying that they did it with purpose and sophistication.

“They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. It was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government,” he told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a much-anticipated hearing.

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    Lakshman Jha
    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    " TRUMP BECAME LILLIPUT BEFORE HULK PUTIN " It has to be accepted that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the jolt not only to US but to the world by hacking the Presidential Election of USA .He made a in a house of America .No doubt Mr Donald Trump might have taken help to win the Presidential Election .It was vision of Mr Trump to make a "GLORIOUS AMERICA " but the b er of Trump made him a LILLIPUT and Putin became HULK MAN. The American elected a wrong leader . Dr Lakshman Jha India
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      Lakshman Jha
      Jun 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm
      Who did know that newly elected President Donald Trump would have been proved himself a unsuccessful leader of America which is known the Super Power of the world ? His uncons utional executive orders regarding 'Travel Ban ' were rejected by the court of America . There was no discrimination and apartheid in there so far .But he intended to establish the autocratic rule in the country. The symbol of Liberty tells to the world about equality and fraternity. Donald Trump emphasized to construct the walls rather than making the bridges . Now the other country will hesitate to join with America. Conservative Budget of US would certainly give surprise to UNO and to the world. He also became controversial to blame his predecessor for wiretapping which was baseless as justice department do ents provided on Friday indicated there was no such wiretap . the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and Attorney-General Jeff Sessions clearly indicates that Russian impact.
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        S ashok
        Jun 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm
        Imagine something like this happening in India. Say the ru party PM sacks CBI director. Would he be subject to this kind of public,media and legal scrutiny. This level of accountability and transparency in public life is what India should aspire and emulate from USA. Not the gutter level political discourse which we seem to ape rather nicely
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          Ash
          Jun 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm
          A long way to go for that.Just look at the NDTV case,in which CBI was wil to raid NDTV offices based on a complaint by an individual about fraud committed on Icici bank. ICICI says amount was paid back.Within 2 days of fi of case CBI was wil to raid.Their speed is really impressive.Pity they haven't gone after the big fish with the same intensity.A question to ask is;Can one now file cases with CBI directly alleging fraud committed by third parties such as govt officers,etc..,?
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          thistooshallpass
          Jun 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm
          Trump. Comey was under oath. He was supposed to tell the truth.
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            MP Singh
            Jun 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm
            President Trump's claim is not correct. Instead, he is implicated by Comey's testimony. The former FBI Director testified in open session before the US Congress under oath yesterday. As a former prosecutor himself, he knows the significance of testifying under oath. Trump, instead, lied repeatedly and continues to do so despite advice to the contrary from his own people. Any child beyond the age of 15 will know that the FBI Director cannot ask the President to host him for a dinner at the White House, which Trump claimed. Trump has openly asked that there should be no investigation against Gen. Flynn, the disgraced National Security Adviser. Trump is tel blatant lies since he has no risk of any sort; he enjoys supreme power and immunity. Comey could not tell lie under oath with all the attendant risks of prosecution.
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