Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:33:29 PM
From the AP:
President Donald Trump has so far stayed off Twitter during former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. But his eldest son hasn't.
Donald Trump Jr. is posting repeatedly during the closely watched testimony Thursday.
He repeatedly defended his father and attacked Comey.
Trump Jr. in particular seized on Comey’s assertion that he interpreted the president’s statement that he ‘‘hoped’’ the FBI would drop its probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump Jr. tweeted ‘‘you would think a guy like Comey’’ would know the difference between ‘‘hoping and telling.’’
He also cast doubt on all of Comey’s testimony and said he should ‘‘have actually followed procedure.’’
Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric are now at the helm of their father’s New York-based business.
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:38:10 PM
From the AP:
Fired FBI Director James Comey says, ‘‘Lordy, I hope there are tapes,’’ of his conversations with President Donald Trump.
Three days after Trump fired Comey, the president tweeted that Comey should hope there are ‘‘no tapes’’ of their conversations.
Comey documented his conversations with Trump in memos after the encounters. During his first public appearance since he was fired, senators asked Comey about his responses to Trump.
Comey says he chose his words carefully when responding to Trump because he was ‘‘so stunned’’ by the conversation. Comey was recalling a February conversation in which, Comey says, Trump said he hoped Comey could let go the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn’s calls with the Russians.
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:38:36 PM
From the AP:
Former FBI Director James Comey says he didn’t announce that President Donald Trump was not personally under investigation because ‘‘it creates a duty to correct, which I've lived before.’’
That’s a reference to the investigation into Hillary Clinton emails when Comey said late in the 2016 presidential campaign that the FBI was further investigating the case.
Comey is explaining in his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony why he was reluctant to announce that Trump was not under investigation.
He says he wrestled with the decision but said he didn’t want to say it publicly because it would create a ‘‘duty to correct, which I've lived before and you have to be really careful doing that.’’
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:39:06 PM
From the AP:
Ousted FBI Director James Comey says he knew of a ‘‘variety of reasons’’ why Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the Russia investigation would be problematic before Sessions recused himself in March.
But Comey said during his Senate testimony the reasons are such ‘‘that I can’t discuss in an open setting.’’
He said career officials in the Justice Department had been urging Sessions to step aside from the probe. Sessions did so in March, after it was revealed that he twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Sessions failed to disclose those contacts when pressed by Congress during his confirmation hearing.
Comey said he doesn’t know if Comey thought Sessions had adhered to that recusal. He added that that depends on the real reason for Comey’s firing, which Sessions had recommended.
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:39:44 PM
James Comey: "The Russians interfered in our election... They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication."
Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 6/8/2017 3:44:33 PM
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:45:52 PM
11:30a.m.: Meanwhile, on Twitter. . .
No, President Trump is not tweeting so far. But more than an hour into the testimony, two of his sons are
. Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr). Trump Jr posted repeatedly during the testimony, defending his father and attacking Comey. His brother, Eric (@EricTrump) didn’t directly address Comey’s comments, but instead attacked a recent Forbes article detailing the Trumps’ involvement with a children’s cancer charity.
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:46:19 PM
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:47:54 PM
Speaker Paul Ryan says FBI director needs to be independent, says Trump unfamiliar with protocol, "just new to this" -- AP
Katie McLeod, BostonGlobe... 6/8/2017 3:52:34 PM