Donald Trump has finally weighed in on the headline-making testimony of James Comey, less than a day after the ousted FBI director addressed the Senate Intelligence Committee in the biggest political drama in decades.
Trump, 70, took to Twitter on Friday morning to give his thoughts on Comey’s testimony regarding potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump tweeted.
The nation waited with bated breath for Trump to live-tweet during Comey’s testimony on Thursday, adding even more potential drama to Comey’s dramatic appearance – but the tweets never came. Trump’s famous Twitter account was silent all of Thursday afternoon.
Following Comey’s testimony, a special counsel will investigate the Russian election-meddling along with Comey’s claim that Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey told Congress that he took detailed written notes following each of his nine conversations with Trump — beginning right after their first meeting on Jan. 6 in Trump Tower — because he “was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting.”
When asked if Trump was “trying to obstruct justice” in the meetings, Comey said that Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who was appointed to run the investigation, and the special counsel would make the determination.
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“I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards to try to understand what the intention was there and whether that’s an offense,” he said.
Comey was abruptly fired last month, with Trump’s staff citing criticism of Comey’s performance by the Justice Department. However, Trump contradicted his staff, claiming that he chose to fire Comey over the Russia investigation – and calling him a “showboat.”
During his address to Congress. Comey said Trump told “lies, plain and simple” to hide the real reason behind the sudden firing.