Former FBI Director James Comey offered dramatic testimony Thursday before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, peppering his remarks with memorable exclamations ("Lordy!") and even an allusion to the 12 century murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket.
He said what he wanted Comey to answer was whether or not Trump's interactions with Comey constitute obstruction of justice. "You know, I thought that was an interesting piece of testimony. yesterday's testimony laid out disturbing pieces of evidence about what that intent was". Comey explained, for the third time, that the Clinton investigation was about an email server and was concluded in July 2016.
"And in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the president told Mr. Comey "it would be good to find out" in that investigation if there were "some "satellite" associates of his who did something wrong, '" he said".
Comey said he chose to share his memo through another party after Trump wrote on Twitter days after Comey's abrupt dismissal that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press".
Many on Twitter were left scratching their heads after the 80-year-old Republican senator grilled Comey during the hearing about why the FBI closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, while continuing its probe of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. This investigation was under way - still going when I was sacked.
Republican Senator John Cornyn, grilling Comey, said it appeared he believed Lynch "had an appearance of a conflict of interest on the Clinton email investigation".
Opinion poll: What do you think of Comey's testimony? "You reached separate conclusions", McCain said. Viewers saw John McCain confused and befuddled as he put forward his questions to Comey.
"The American people have a whole lot of questions out there particularly since you just emphasized the role that Russian Federation played". McCain conflated the Hillary email server scandal with the investigation of Russia's hacking of the DNC.
Comey told lawmakers on Thursday that he considered whether to call for the appointment of a special counsel because of Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton. Angus King asked, referring to Trump saying to Comey in February, "I hope you can let [the Flynn investigation] go". "While I missed an opportunity in today's hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record".