It may be that the special counsel looks at Director Comey's testimony, his memos and all the other evidence and concludes that this may have been inappropriate, but it's not obstruction of justice.
No, Thursday was not a good day for the Trump presidency.
Meanwhile, Trump said Friday he would be willing testify under oath. "Come right out and say, 'Hey this is what I'm saying happened.' Don't hide behind somebody else and leak it out". "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".
MONTANARO: Yes, I think it did.
What troubled Comey, he said, was "the circumstances, the subject matter and the person I was interacting with". "But you never know, it's fascinating stuff". And he painted a picture, frankly, of a president who may have abused his power and, worse, perhaps obstructed justice. Do we know whether that is being investigated?
The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House last month about such tapes. While his public testimony has not revealed any breaking news about the Trump administration's alleged collusion with Russian Federation, the inquiry is seen as a defense of American democracy from not only foreign interference, but a possible attack on its very institutions from within the country's highest office. That's a political question completely up to the House to decide (and then for the Senate if the House puts it to them). He flew wherever he wanted on a private plane with gold-plated seatbelt buckles and was usually home at his Trump Tower penthouse - or at one of his lavish golf clubs - in time for a steak dinner, well-done with ketchup on the side.
Comey, a veteran career official at the FBI who was well respected by both Democrats, Republicans, and nearly every public servant he has worked with, put his name, his credibility, his honor and perhaps even his freedom on the line, when he told the committee that Trump had been lying, and that he was asked by the president to drop the Flynn investigation. Repeatedly, he stressed that he took it as a directive, OK.
The president had previewed his attacks against Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day's silence on his favorite social media megaphone. Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met a year ago with VEB executives.
The House requested Comey and the White House provide the records, including tapes if they exist, by June 23. Does that constitute intent?
"The president said he is going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told ABC's "This Week".
So it was a bit surprising that Donald Trump Jr. went on national TV on Sunday night and supported Comey's version of the events.
U.S. v. Collin McDonald is not an exact comparison to the situation with Trump and Comey - the Eighth Circuit's decision concerned sentencing minutiae for a convicted bank robber rather than an indictment against the president. I'm not only talking about members of Congress.
"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you", Trump told a reporter.
MONTANARO: Well, there's a couple things that were really key. That means lots of regulations on Wall Street that could potentially go up in smoke if the Senate winds up writing and pairing a bill that could pass. If it does, they want to listen to them. "I take the president at his word, that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", he said, referring to a statement by Trump in an NBC interview. Domenico, thanks so much.style="text-align: center;"