|After fired FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate intelligence panel on Thursday that President Trump is a liar who couldn't be trusted, @realDonaldTrump tweeted, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication..." (Credit: "Watch the Birdie" is from Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune).|
UPDATE: This afternoon, President Trump denied he asked James Comey for his loyalty before he fired him as FBI director or directed him to drop the Michael Flynn probe, and offered to testify under oath. No reporter at the news conference countered, "Who would believe you?"
|"Upset about the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election, President Trump sought relief from James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director. By Mr. Comey’s account, Mr. Trump asked him to help 'lift the cloud.'|
|"But thanks to Mr. Trump’s own actions, the cloud darkened considerably on Thursday and now seems likely to hover over his presidency for months, if not years, to come.|
|"Rather than relieve the pressure, Mr. Trump’s decision to fire Mr. Comey has generated an even bigger political and legal threat. In his anger at Mr. Comey for refusing to publicly disclose that the president was not personally under investigation, legal experts said, Mr. Trump may have actually made himself the target of an investigation."|
He hoped that would lead the Justice Department to name a special counsel, "who he believed would look into the possibility of obstruction," The Times reported on Thursday.
That led to the appointment of a former FBI director, Robert Mueller, as special counsel in the investigation of Russian meddling in the election.