US President Donald Trump responded today to former FBI Director James Comey’s accusations that he made during a Senate hearing and dubbed them all as ‘total and complete vindication’. The US President took to Twitter and said there were many false statements in Comey’s testimony to US Congress. Trump, who did not post anything about the hearing before Comey’s appearance in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday said, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” However, it still remains unclear what exactly Trump was referring to as Comey accused him of many things during his hearing.
In one of the most anticipated hearings, fired FBI Director James Comey had said Russia had a role to play in influencing the 2016 US election that brought Donald Trump to the White House. “There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle,” Comey said. He further added that the interference was done on purpose. “They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. It was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government,” Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a much-anticipated hearing.
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
Comey who was fired by the Trump administration in May said this was one of the reasons behind his sacking. “I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavour was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted,” he told lawmakers at the Congressional hearing.
Speaking about his decision to leak the information regarding his interaction with Trump, Comey said he thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russsian links to the Trump campaign. “I know I should’ve said this earlier, but it’s obvious – if any Americans were part of helping the Russians do that to us, that is a very big deal. I’m confident that, if that is the case, Director (Robert) Mueller (who has been appointed as counsellor to investigate the Russian links) will find that evidence,” Comey said in response to a question.