"The Oval Office, right now, is an unfriendly climate for truth", former CIA Director Michael Hayden told the London Times days after US President Donald Trump's very public dismissal of FBI Director James Comey in May. "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"
"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
The department later appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as special counsel.
Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of investigation himself for interfering in the FBI's work.
"I was anxious the media was camping at the end of my driveway at that point. and I anxious it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach", Comey said when asked why he did not simply release the information himself.
The scandal exploded on the White House lawn when, in January 2017, reports began to surface that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had communicated with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, regarding U.S. sanctions in retaliation for the alleged Russian hacking.
But Comey seemed unconcerned about that prospect when he acknowledged the move Thursday before a throng of cameras and a packed Senate intelligence committee hearing room. Pressed on the issue, he insisted he wasn't "hinting anything", before adding, "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry". And Comey vindicated at least one of the White House's talking points: that the president was correct when he said he was not under direct FBI investigation.
The way Comey tells it, the first time he met Trump, Comey got the heebie-jeebies - for a whole bunch of small reasons but nothing in particular.
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Trump also praised Jeff Immelt, who recently announced that he was stepping down as CEO of General Electric after 16 years. Trump said earlier this month that reporters would be disappointed by the answer.
He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.
Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month. She called Comey an "honorable individual". "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said. But after Trump fired Comey in May, the president tweeted: "Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Kasowitz has denied that account, but he also argued that Comey's move "unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president".
But more evidence is needed to prove that the president attempted to stymie the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which has several Trump campaign aides in its crosshairs.
Trump branded Comey a "leaker" for indirectly providing to reporters the contents of memos he wrote after their private conversations. US intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation stole private emails and other documents from Democrats and released them publicly a year ago to embarrass Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and aid Trump.
By Comey's account, the president repeatedly contacted him and talked in private about the investigation.
Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House.
That means a conviction would put Cosby in prison at least until he is 84 years old, based on state sentencing guidelines. Steele, continuing to address defense statements, said a "romantic interlude" did not exist between Constand and Cosby .
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He was named the Naismith National Player of the Year. "Yeah, I feel like it's a great situation overall", Jackson said. The roster figures to be extremely young next season with only three players signed who are not on rookie contracts.
Dassey confessed to detectives that he had helped his uncle, Steven Avery , rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. The majority opinion by Rovner said "no reasonable court" could have any confidence that Dassey's confession was voluntary.
It is learned the Afghan soldier fired three rocket-propelled grenades and later continued with two M4 carbines. The blast in Kabul's diplomatic enclave was the latest in a long line of attacks on the Afghan capital.
The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China - much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. Videos online demonstrate how this toy can easily pierce through cardboards, apples, meat and even soda cans.
The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict. She said Cosby gave her pills that he said were herbal, but that left her immobile and drifting in and out of consciousness.
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She won the second set going away. "This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more - I realize more what is happening". Tracy Austin, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis were all 16 when they won their first major singles titles.
North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier
He had not been seen in public since, and Swedish diplomats, representing US interests, had been denied consular access to him. Shortly after Warmbier's sentencing, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested on accusations of espionage, and has been held ever since.
Stage set for wide open run at US Open title
McIlroy , the No. 2 player in the world, also arrived last Friday having missed the last month to rest a nagging rib injury. For the first time in a major, the top three players in the world all failed to make the cut.
Matsuyama welcomes learning curve at US Open
The deadlock was broken when Harman's tee-shot on the 12th landed into the deep fescue, forcing him to hack out onto the fairway. HARTFORD, WI - JUNE 18: Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with the winner's trophy after his victory at the 2017 U.S.
Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation
Murray is known for aggressively suing journalists and media organizations that run critical content about him and his companies. The Ohio company is seeking financial damages, and requesting a court order that bars the segment from rebroadcasting.
Spurs select G Derrick White with No. 29 pick in draft
The Spurs have been investigating the market for Green as they look to open salary-cap space ahead of the start of free agency. In his one season at CU he averaged 18.1 points per game, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
'Pizzagate' Conspiracy Shooter Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison
In March, conservative radio host and Infowars website operator Alex Jones apologized for promoting the Pizzagate conspiracy. When these theorists saw Podesta's emails, they believed numerous words could be code for human trafficking and pedophilia.
Tech CEOs to visit White House
The administration drew a mix of flattery and policy requests from the assembled technology leaders and university officials. The Department of Defense is still using floppy disks in some of its computer systems, Kushner noted .