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>> Washington still reeling Friday from former FBI Director James Comey's explosive Senate testimony.>> I believe that I was fired because of the Russia investigation.>> Comey asserting President Trump fired him to influence the probe into his campaign's ties to Russia and offering hints of where the drama could go next.
One name in particular standing out after Thursday's hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Justice Department reporter, Julia Edwards-Ainsley.>> He said that he could not trust him with the information about the meetings that Comey was having with Trump. He had information on him at the time that made Comey believe that Sessions would soon be recusing himself from the investigation.
>> We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. We were convinced that he was not gonna be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer.>> Of course, that turned out to be right, as Sessions did recuse himself over meetings that he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
>> The Justice Department later issuing a statement saying, Session recused himself from the Russia probe only because he had been part of Trump's campaign. Sessions scheduled to appear before a Senate panel Tuesday on other matters, but sure to hear questions about Comey's remarks. Then, there are the Comey memos written immediately after his conversations.
Some nine in all with President Trump in the months before he was fired on May 9th. Comey admitting he had leaked one of the memos to the press through a friend.>> My judgement was, I needed to get that out into the public square. And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter.
Because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special council.>> In fact, that's what happened, and Comey revealed he had already turned over the memos to that special counsel. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, Comey saying it would be up to him to decide whether the President's actions in the Russia probe amounted to obstruction of justice.
>> That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out. President Trump ending his silence on Comey's testimony with an early morning tweet. Trump saying, despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication, and WOW, Comey is a leaker! After hearing from Comey Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will be meeting with special counsel Mueller next week.
A moment that could help shape the next phase of an investigation now even more certain to bedevil the White House for months to come.