Watch Live: President Trump's Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Responds To Comey's Testimony

President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, will make a public statement in response to Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill. The statement is expected to begin around 2pm ET.

According to a leak, no pun intended, of Kasowitz' statement, Trump's lawyer will say that "The President also never told Mr. Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty” in form or substance." He will add that "Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving in an administration."

Kasowitz also attacks Comey for leaking "privileged communications" with Trump to the media as a retaliatory action.

The full statement is below:

I am Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer.

 

Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today's hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President privately: The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference. He also admitted that there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference.

 

Mr Comey's testimony also makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey it would be good to find out in that investigation if there were some 'satellite' associates of his who did something wrong." And he did not exclude anyone from that statement.

 

Consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey"let Flynn go." As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, "General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot" and also "asked how is General Flynn is doing." Admiral Rogers testified that the President never "directed [him] to do anything ... illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate" and never "pressured [him] to do so." Director Coates said the same thing. The President likewise never pressured Mr. Comey.

 

The President also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance. Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving in an administration, and, from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.

 

Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the

 

President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting. Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel." Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory. We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.

 

In sum, it is now established that there the President was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct that investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.

He will deliver it live below:

Comments

Dutti nope-1004 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:51 Permalink

A big nothingburger.Comey does seem to be a decent and honest guy, but also seems to be a unicorn in todays world. He was smart enough to document his meetings since he was afraid that he might be thrown under the bus at a later time.He pounds the table about unrefutable facts of interference by Russia in the American election process - but of course the fact that the US has not only routinely interfered in elections in many foreign countries, but also actively worked to overthrough foreign governments never comes up.Consequently, if I was the president of the US I probably would have fired him too for waisting time and resources and being a tool of the MIC instead of moving on to real issues. This whole Russia thing is obviously at best a waste of time and more likely a MIC issue to create ongoing enemies for purposes on keeping their business as strong as possible.

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Raffie Bay of Pigs Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:09 Permalink

Maxine Waters is a Super Turd that longs for a flush.Where was she when OhBummer, his trans wife, adopted kids and that birth cert was in question. To name a few.These evil people need to be rounded up and waterboarded till the end of their days.All these people who are against President Trump need to have all their funds looked at.Director Comey has a nice BONZI shirt on for this run.

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takeaction nope-1004 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:17 Permalink

COMEY fucked up on a couple comments....I jumped over to CNBC and CNN to see how they are hiding the "Bombshells"...you can go look for yourselves...hilarious....BOMBSHELLS...LYNCH PRESSURED COMEYCOMEY WAS THE LEAKERNO TRUMP/RUSSIA COLLUSION...COMEY CONFIRMS NYT TRUMP/RUSSIA COLLUSION STORY FAKE...These are big ones folks........ 

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Endgame Napoleon Oldwood Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

What is dangerous to democracy is the inability to accept an election outcome, not just once, either, despite the fact that Dems try to characterize Trump as some kind of strange animal. I am beginning to wonder how many different types of people, with regional accents and personality characteristics that are not aligned with the 2000 to 2005 version of Valley Girl, these allegedly sophisticated world travelers have been exposed to.

What kind of snowflake haven have they been living in? Peggy Noonan pointed out that she had met men who talked like Trump. She is more GOPe, but has common sense and did not claim to find Trump scary. Geezus H. Christ. Should these snowflakes, raised in such rarefied, intellectual quarters, really be in the rollicking world of politics or gritty, dirty, mud-wallowing journalism? Interestingly, Breitbart has pictures from a bunch of DC Swamp bars, where the local political employees were gathered, waiting to view the testimony and post-hearing Tweets. It looks like, despite the age of our elected leaders, they mostly hire people under the age of 30 to do the administrative work in the D.C. Swamp. Coming out of that age where most of them attend wild frat parties, where everything under the sun is said, but not in a crusty NYC accent circa the Seventies/Eighties, they are not shocked. With their friggjn' rap and other pop-culture products, overflowing with every kind of expression of lax mores, I am sure they are all so shocked by every Tweet NOT.

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GoinFawr Endgame Napoleon Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:32 Permalink

"What is dangerous to democracy is the inability to accept an election outcome, not just once, either, despite the fact that Dems try to characterize Trump as some kind of strange animal"Oh please, as if right-winged loony Zealot H'ers don't/didn't 'characterize' the former Prez as anything but human (just as justifiably where I am to)But if you two are really so worried about your "democracy", technically YOU should be unable to accept the election outcome, judging by the popular vote.(FTR: I am on record stating that, IMO, the electoral college did its job last November, so if you like your Peachy Plutocrat, you can keep your Peachy Plutocrat)

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Catullus Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:46 Permalink

The correct argument needs to be made now by trump: "I am the chief law enforcement officer of the USA as clearly defined in the constitution. Members of the executive branch serve this country at my pleasure. I cannot commit obstruction of justice by firing a member of the executive branch. For any reason."

twh99 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

And oh by the way the former FBI director committed a felony giving his memos to his friend the college professor.Comey wasn't even smart enough to give them directly to a reporter.  At least then he could have argued he was covered under the Whistle Blower Act.

FoggyWorld mc888 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

The subject matter would suggest they should have been classified but the Weasel knows all of that so he didn't properly use the classified signature.   That email was typed on a goverenment computer and on government time and the issues were beyond sensitive in good part because fiction or not, they dealt with his conversations with the President.

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