Trump lawyer rejects Comey testimony, suggests prosecution

2017-06-08 23:15
Fired FBI director James Comey leaves an open hearing at the Senate select committee on intelligence in Washington. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)

Fired FBI director James Comey leaves an open hearing at the Senate select committee on intelligence in Washington. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)

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Washington - Marc Kasowitz, a private lawyer for Donald Trump on Thursday denied bombshell allegations made by his ex-FBI director James Comey under oath and suggested the ousted lawman should be prosecuted for leaking "privileged information".

Kasowitz said the president "never told Mr Comey 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty' in form or substance," rejecting a key allegation made by the sacked FBI director before a Senate panel.

Rejecting key parts of Comey's damning testimony while claiming others as a win for the president, Kasowitz also suggested Comey may face prosecution.

"Today (on Thursday), Mr Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified.

Trying to influence

"We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated".

Comey said at the end of his testimony to the committee that he believed he was fired by Trump in an effort to affect the Russia investigation.

Comey said it was a "very big deal and not just because it involves me".

He said political considerations shouldn't influence the FBI's work. Comey said that if any American helped Russia in trying to influence the 2016 election, "that is a very big deal".

Comey said he was confident an investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller would be conducted thoroughly.

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