Comey testimony: Trump responds, claims ‘total and complete vindication’

President Trump finally broke his silence Friday morning about James Comey’s congressional testimony a day earlier, tweeting that he felt vindicated and emphasizing the former FBI director’s admission that he leaked details of confidential conversations with the president to the press.

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump tweeted.

The morning message was Trump’s first comment — aside from a statement from his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz — regarding Comey’s stunning Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump had uncharacteristically not addressed Comey’s allegations on Thursday, but his Friday comments came ahead of a scheduled joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden.

Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9, revealed during his testimony that he had a friend, later identified as Columbia University Law Professor Dan Richman, leak contents of his private memos to the media in hopes of prompting the “appointment of a special counsel.”


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