The tweet has finally been released by President Trump. Early Friday morning, following the dramatic testimony, was given by fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump tweeted that it was the DC veteran that told the “lies.” The president tweeted: “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker.”
Trump remained silent on social media during the 2 and a half hours of testimony from Comey but finally broke that silence with the tweet declaring vindication. He didn’t specify what Comey lied about and exactly how he felt vindicated.
Comey spoke with bluntness concerning his dismissal saying that he was “confused” when the president said the reason for his ouster was plummeting morale at the agency. Comey continued, “The administration then chose to defame me, and more importantly, the FBI by saying the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader.” Comey called that defamation an outright lie.
Maybe the most surprising part of the questioning came when Comey revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about his conversations with President Trump. “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” he said under oath, “and so I thought it really important to document.” The former FBI Director said that after mulling it over in the middle of the night, he asked a “good friend,” a Columbia Law professor who was later identified as Daniel Richman, to leak the contents of memos he made from meetings with Trump to a reporter.
In those memos, Comey said that Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. This raised questions in Comey’s mind about potential obstruction of justice by the president. Comey also testified that Trump repeatedly asked for his “loyalty.” Comey ultimately testified that he leaked the information in his memos in hopes that it would be a catalyst toward the appointment of a special counsel.
Trump’s lawyer seized on Comey’s “leaking” of information saying that he was wrong to make “unauthorized disclosures” of privileged communications and the president feels “vindicated” after his testimony.
It took a long time for Trump to tweet about the Comey testimony finally. In fact, if Trump had waited another three minutes, it would have been the longest no-tweet span since announcing his candidacy. The president went almost two whole days without a message on Twitter. But at 6:10 am on Friday morning, he could not help but declare his apparent “vindication.”
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