The Russia issue has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.

It was a a deja vu moment for many who remember how the revelation of the Nixon White House tapes fueled the Watergate investigation so many years ago. He was testifying that the president tried to interfere in that investigation, especially as it relates to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

On Friday, the leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee's investigation said they had asked Comey for his notes and memos about his discussions with Trump, and asked the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey.

Let's review what we learned - and what we still don't know. Asked if he had taped their conversations, as he implied in a threatening tweet shortly after he fired Comey, Trump said he would reveal that answer soon. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Comey said.

"And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible".

The question is why Sessions recused himself.

Republicans are also making a big deal out of Comey's acknowledgement that Trump was not a target of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances. It did not mention his meetings with Kislyak. Mueller needs to test Comey's account first to see if it holds up and, if he ultimately decides to interview Trump, he will want to be as well-prepared as possible for that encounter.

The U.S. President sent out an early morning Tweet on Friday saying that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey was "a leaker" and that Comey's hearing had vindicated him.

Ultimately, Comey told the committee, he wanted what was in the unclassified memo made public because, "I thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel" in the Russian Federation inquiry. He did so two weeks later.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wondered why the events described by Comey had not concerned him enough to trigger his resignation. Sen.

ABC had the biggest total audience with 3.3 million people tuning in, just ahead of CBS' 3.29 million. Fox News finished third with 3.1 million viewers, followed by CNN, 3.06 million; MSNBC, 2.74 million; and NBC, 2.72 million. He has asserted that no one really knows who hacked what, despite the universal conclusion of USA intelligence services that it was the Russians. So, does that mean we are stuck with an unresolvable "he said - he said" swearing contest?

"I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russian Federation - from a position of strength only - is possible, absolutely possible", Trump said. "Some say the Russians won't be reasonable".

The testimony reached more than political junkies. Subsequent reporting by the Times and other media outlets have verified the reporting, she said. Trump shook hands in a receiving line. "We consider it unlikely that anyone could have engaged in a meaningful private conversation without drawing attention from others present".

It would only be a crime if the information was classified, the experts told ABC News but, that said, his actions were improper and violated well-established norms.

"It's no secret to anybody that this president is not experienced in the ways of Washington, of how these investigations work", said GOP Sen.

Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee is knocking on Richman's door and asking for the memos. It's time to put partisan politics behind us, end these one-sided attacks, and focus on the real threat: Putin. "A gut feeling is an important overlay, but the circumstances, that I was alone, the subject matter and the nature of the person I was interacting with and my read of that person".


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