Top revelations of the Comey hearing

I worked every day at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help make that great organization better.

In his opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released on Wednesday, Comey detailed a private conversation with President Trump in the Oval Office shortly after National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign, in which Comey recalls the president saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Comey said all of the contents of each conversation with Trump were recorded right after each conversation based on memory, because he was concerned that the president may "lie about the nature of our meeting".

And some British folk took a moment to combine the strangeness of Comey's words and the Hung Parliament in the UK. He twice said that's up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine.

Potential evidence to review will include the memos Comey wrote following his conversations with President Trump. What drove Trump nuts was that Comey wouldn't say that publicly.

Comey discussed this Thursday afternoon after Comey's public testimony on his firing and interactions with President Donald Trump, the source said.

Trump's frequently impulsive and incendiary tweets may galvanize his base of supporters, but they create political headaches in Washington for him and his staff. Trump's advisers have conceded that his comments about Comey and the Russian Federation investigations have sometimes been unhelpful to the president's cause and only expanded "the cloud" over them, using one of Trump's phrases for the controversies that surround the White House.

He told Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that after Trump tweeted the threat about revealing alleged tapes of their dinner conversation, he felt he needed to get his side out. "I hope you can let this go".

However, Trump's tweets and previous comments, and the fact that Comey is a private citizen who leaked the memo information after Trump had already fired him could make it quite hard to question the legality of Comey's actions.

"The hearing raised serious questions about Attorney General Sessions that he and the Justice Department must answer immediately", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech shortly after the hearing with Comey ended.

"It was not true", Comey said. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have". I thought I'd just offer some brief introductory remarks.

The White House on Thursday also refuted Comey's testimony, saying the president had not lied.

Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the house, brushed off Trump's actions as those of a newbie unsteeped in protocols, which Matthew Yglesias of Vox News called "part of an ongoing process of Republicans lowering the bar for Trump's statements and conduct in a way that is both nonsensical and unsafe".

In Washington, Shaw's Tavern was one of several bars promising to open its doors a half hour before Comey begins speaking, with a $10 "FBI" breakfast special. "He's being totally above board about it, and if anybody wants to say that's wrong, he is standing by his actions".

From Capitol Hill to San Francisco's Castro district, Comey's appearance attracted television "watch parties" beckoning politics buffs to taverns, restaurants and living rooms to view an event some likened to the "Super Bowl of Washington".

Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

"There should be no fuzz on this". Describing the vast range and reach of Kremlin's covert operation, Mr Comey observed "it was as unfake as it gets". "Not by guns or missiles, but by foreign operatives seeking to hijack our most important democratic process - our presidential election". But he has also suggested he doesn't believe it, saying Russian Federation is a "ruse" and calling the investigation into the matter a "witch hunt".

Later in the morning, for instance, as Comey was still testifying, Trump met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster about foreign policy issues. And Donald Trump Jr., the son who most resembles a moppet, praised the stock market's rise and retweeted a comment that "today was a big win" for President Trump.