Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday could have President Trump’s legal team breathing a sigh of relief since he stopped short of alleging obstruction of justice – but his otherwise scathing comments guarantee the political controversy and Russia-related probes are far from over.
Comey, in his high-profile appearance before the committee, accused the administration of defaming him and said comments made about his competency “were lies, plain and simple.”
At the same time, Comey told lawmakers that Trump did not ask him to end the Russia investigation as a whole — a key piece of testimony that Trump’s allies were sure to notice.
“Not to my understanding, no,” he said, when asked by Burr. He also said he could not say whether Trump’s conversations with him amounted to obstruction of justice.
Asked again if Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, Comey said, “I don’t know. That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.”
The Justice Department appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel in mid-May to oversee the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia. Read more at The Hill.