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>> Stunning testimony from James Comey Thursday. The fired FBI director revealing his personal interactions with and impressions of President Donald Trump. Characterizing as false the spin surrounding his firing last month when the President said that Comey had lost the trust of his colleagues and that.>> He was not doing a good job.
>> The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI. Those were lies,plain and simple.>> In his written remarks submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed reports Trump asked him for his loyalty at a private dinner in January and then asked him to ease off investigating his former National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn who was fired for misleading the administration about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.
But Comey Thursday wouldn't assess the legal impact of Trump asking him to quote, let go of the Flynn probe.>> I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special council would work towards to try and understand what the intentions was there and whether that's an offense.
>> The former FBI director explained why he kept detailed notes of his interactions with Trump but not his predecessors.>> And then the nature of the person. I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting and so I thought it really important to document.
That combination of things I'd never experienced before, but it led me to believe I gotta write it down, and I gotta write it down in a very detailed way.>> The issues at Thursday's hearing all hinge on truthfulness. Namely it's Comey's word against the President's, who has denied trying to interfere in the Flynn investigation.
>> Did you at any time urge former FBI director James Comey in any way, shape or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn? And also as you look back->> No, no, next question.>> Comey admitting he leaked his own memos through third party to the media after he read Trump's Tweet threatening him with the existence of supposed tapes.
>> The President surely knows whether he taped me and if he did, my feelings aren't hurt. Release all the tapes. I'm good with it.>> Gotcha.>> Much of the content of Thursday's hearing, including questions on the Russian investigation was too sensitive to discuss openly and would be addressed in the subsequent classified briefing.
The President's lawyer on Wednesday issued a statement saying Trump felt vindicated by Comey's written statement. But after today's hearing, it's unlikely that's still the case.