i was honestly concerned he may lie about the nature of the meeting. >> he felt the president would lie. that ought to take our blereath away. >> did you order james comey to close the investigation on michael flynn? >> no. next question. >> the president never suggested that mr. comey let flynn go. >> i have seen the tweet about
tapes. lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> he has undertaken assaults. >> the president is new at this. he is new to government. >> president trump's pattern of the contempt for justice disgraces the office of president. >> this is "new day" with chris comey and alisyn camerota. >> welcome to "new day." president trump is up early and fighting back against fired fbi director james comey. the president calling comey testimony false analyzd lies. >> james comey went so far as to say president trump lied about why comey was fired. another major news event. the uk is thrown into political cha chaos. prime minister theresa may's conservative party losing majority in partmenliament. we have a lot to cover.
we start with cnn's joe johns at the white house. what is the latest? >> reporter: alisyn, it was a long silence on twitter, but not destined to last. the president echoing the words of marc kasowitz. despite false statements and lies, complete vindication. comey and attorneys seizing on the fact that comey did say in his testimony that he did not tell the president he was under investigation. nonetheless, that testimony seriously undermining the credibility of the man in the oval office. comey asserting the president of the united states is a liar. >> although the law required no reason at all to fire an be fbi director, the administration chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi. >> reporter: james comey repeatedly calling the president
of the united states a liar. both when discussing president trump's initial explanation of why he was fired. >> by saying the organization was in disarray and poorly led and the work force lost confidence in its leader. those were lies plain and simple. >> reporter: and when explaining why he decided to start taking meticulous notes. >> i was concerned he may lie about the nature of our meeting. >> i can say the president is not a liar. i think it is insulting that question would be asked. >> reporter: during almost three hours of testimony, comey recounted the events that ultimately led to his dismissal. >> it is my judgment i was fired because of the russia investigation. i was fired in some way to change or the endeavor was to change the way the russia investigation was conducted. >> reporter: confirming for the first time his memos are now in the hands of special counsel
robert mueller raising the possibility that obstruction of justice may be part of mueller's investigation. >> it is not for me to say whether the conversation i had with the president was to strou obstruct. >> reporter: comey did layout a number of interactions that concerned him, including the president clearing the room before allegedly telling comey he hoped that he could let the flynn investigation go. >> why did he kick everybody out of the oval office? why kick the attorney general, the president, chief of staff out, to talk to me if it was about something else? so that to me as an investigator is a significant fact. >> reporter: but was it an order? >> i took it as a direction. this is the president of the united states with me alone saying i hope this. i took it as this is what he wants me to do. i did not obey that. >> reporter: the president's attorney flatly denying that
this interaction took place. >> the president never in form or substance directed or suggested that mr. comey stop investigating anyone. >> reporter: while simultaneously celebrating other parts of comey's testimony. >> mr. comey has finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the president privately. that is that the president was not under investigation as part of the probe into russian interference. >> reporter: still unclear whether the president actually recorded their conversations as he suggested on twitter after firing comey. >> i have seen the tweet about tapes. lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> reporter: the president's lawyer sharply criticizing this admission from the former fbi director. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. i did not do it myself for a number of reasons. i asked him to. i thought that may prompt a
special counsel. >> reporter: comey raised concerns of the discussion he had in 2015 with former attorney general loretta lynch about downplaying the significance of the fbi's investigation into hillary clinton's private e-mail server. >> at one point, the attorney general directed me not to call it an investigation, but to call it a matter which confused me and concerned me. >> reporter: comey also said lyn lynch's tarmac meeting with former president bill clinton led him to announce the outcome of the e-mail investigation. today president trump is expected to hold a news conference in the rose garden with the president of romania. the first opportunity in about three weeks to get a couple of questions to the president. not much, but still an opportunity, perhaps, to gauge his reaction to the comey testimony. alisyn, chris. >> joe, one of the big developments from the fallout
from yesterday is the gop ral rallied behind the president. house speaker paul ryan said oh, that's just the president not knowing much about politics. cnn's phil mattingly live on capitol hill. if you combine the excuse from ryan with the intense interest in loretta lynch during the comey testimony, the president has to feel pretty good about where his party is. >> reporter: certainly. no mass defection, chris. when you talk to the house and senate, they understand the gravity. they also want to focus on the agenda and legislation. they want to focus on the things they said they were going to do on the campaign trail. they thought think wouey would to do with a republican president, but have been stymied thus far.
the question so far is what is the rationale to move on? speaker paul ryan making clear it is because the president doesn't know any better. that led to the follow-up question i asked. >> the president is new at this. he is new to government. so he probably wasn't steeped in the long running protocols that established the relationships between doj, fbi and white house. he is new to this. >> the president is new at this. he has a staff. he has a white house counsel. why is that an acceptable excuse? >> it is just my observation. i'm not saying it is an excuse. it is my observation. >> should you be corrected? >> he is new at government. i think he's learning as he goes. >> reporter: guys, that is something we heard from multiple republicans. he should have been staffed better. he probably did not know better. the big issue for republicans on
capitol hill. they recognize what yesterday is and what yesterday represents. they recognize it has gotten in the way of what they want to do. it is a difficult balancing act. one i'm not sure how long it will last. at this point, they are planning on keeping going. >> phil, thank you for that. let's bring in the panel to discuss. we have cnn senior legal analyst jefferey toobin and david gregoy and we have chris cillizza. jeffrey toobin, i want to take your temperature. when you read the opening statement, you thought it could approach obstruction of justice or qualified. now that you have heard james comey's actual answers. what do you think? >> i think it is even clearer this is a case of obstruction of justice. this is essentially in the political arena now. you know, what matters is whether the republican party sticks with him more than
anything. it seems like the republican party will. when you look particularly at the february 14th meeting in the oval office where he shoos everyone out of the oval office which prosecutors call conscienceness of guilt and ask to drop the investigation of michael flynn. that to me is just a classic obstruction of justice in the mold of watergate. if you have any doubt of that, when comey declines to drop the investigation, what happens? he gets fired because of that. it's straight forward to me. >> yet, chris cillizza, the republicans yesterday when hearing all that from comey, did not push back, but brought up loretta lynch. in the aftermath, many were quoted as saying, that may be
obstruction. i'm not concerned about what comey said about the president. how do you believe those two things. how can you be concerned by what loretta lynch did and not concerned all that comey discussed with the president? >> because you are a politician and good at compartmentalizing, chris. the thing i was most struck by yesterday was how people who have been openly critical of trump. marco rubio who ran against donald trump for president. roy blunt. face of the establishment. former leader in the house. these people were -- john mccain. i'm not totally sure what john mccain was doing. i think he was trying to defend trump. these people were still largely on board with donald trump. again, this is another example of compartmentalizing. with the exception of tom cot n
cotton. james comey, you are a great guy. appreciate your service. at the same time, they stayed in support of the trumpian view of all this. donald trump is on record saying james comey is a showboat and grandstander and everyone at the fbi hates him. now james comey is under oath saying donald trump is lying. so i'm surprised particularly given donald trump's poll numbers which are not good. i'm surprised you are still seeing paul ryan, marco rubio and roy blunt, john mccain, largely on board still with this president. there was no one who threw -- no republican threw donald trump under the bus yesterday. susan collins. no one who went out and said this is really troubling to me about the president of the united states. >> david, is that being on board with president trump or is that agenda, agenda, agenda.
we want obamacare repealed. that's what we promised. we want tax reform. lower taxes. >> the nice vote yesterday pulling back the protections to keep people safe from crazy financial practices. >> we are sticking together to get the agenda forward. >> i'm sure they are thinking about that. they are doing two things. they recognize he has enough power among republicans and he wields a big enough stick that they will not buck him at this point. they will argue the case the way trump is arguing it. he himself was not the subject of the investigation, although that appears to change based on interactions with comey and now it is the realm of the special counsel robert mueller. they are arguing he may have done these things and it was inappropriate, but the investigation goes forward. he did not completely derail all that. i think they are trying to walk a fine line until and unless
support craters for donald trump. they are afraid of what they should be afraid of which is credibility contest with comey and trump. trump brought us the birther lie against barack obama and rode that to political prominence. now wants a face-off of who you believe between he and james comey. comey has credibility issues for sure. this is the president who threatened the fbi director. he had tapes. he better not hope there are tapes. put up or shut up. where are the tapes? you can win this credibility fight. put forward the tapes. all this tough talk from lawyer and the president and how he will fight. put up. >> if you read into presidethe have not heard tapes. that may be an indication it was more talk than walk. jeffrey toobin, if comey is right because he gave himself wiggle room because he thought
mueller would look at obstruction with the president. if that were true, why would mueller, the guy who has to be the main witness go out in the senate and get slapped around and have credibility called into question? >> mueller understands that consequen congress has a role here. think about the scandals in history. watergate. iran contra. they both had independent counsel investigations and congressional investigations and the same witnesses testified in both. the special counsel does not have the right to say to all of the witnesses, don't say anything. also, james comey has testified many times. he has notes indicating what went on between him and trump earlier. his testimony is not going to change. i don't think mueller had any right or reason to tell comey not to testify. i think that's just how the
system should play out as the congress as the interest. >> chris. >> just quickly i would add to jeff's point. comey and mueller know each other and have for a long time. i think comey wanted this. every indication is he wanted this opportunity. he quite clearly believed that donald trump had run him down politically. he wanted this chance to defend his reputation. you saw that repeatedly when he talked about the fbi and what trump said and that was not accurate. >> i wonder if some of the sticking with the president isn't just political tribalism, but function of comey's behavior. the guy did seem to do everything that was good for him. preserved what happened in the memo. he did not speak out the way he did in the clinton situation. why? he does not get to that. he did leak information out. we are debating if it was a leak. he is not in office.
it wasn't classified. whatever. he did it in his own words because he wanted a special counsel appointed to look at in part what the president did with him. i'm sure that didn't win him a lot of friends in the gop. >> no. i think it does fortify that view against it. this is a skilled inside washington player. knows how to look good and say i'm so sorry i did not get a chance to say good-bye to my colleagues properly at the fbi. he knew how to use that stage and strike back at the president of the united states who embarrassed him and fired him and acted incredibly inappropriately for a president of the united states. comey seized that ground and knew how to use it. i think these are questions about if you thought this was so bad and you thought it was inappropriate, why didn't you report it up the legal chain? i don't think he had an incredibly well thought out answer other than i was stunned.
you can argue this is part of the problem. he is a human being too and made to feel uncomfortable by the president of the united states. the fact he leaks, the white house leaks, all white houses leak when they want something out to influence opinion and influence the public. that is what comey did. it was not classified information he leaked. >> one point. i think about this argument that you know why didn't comey do x, y and z. why departmeidn't he continue tt up the chain? the reason he did not report and continue this is because he got fired. so the idea that republicans can claim he should have done x, y and z. we will never know how he handled the investigation because donald trump preempted it by firing him. >> panel, thank you. james comey also taking on the clinton e-mail probe and gop
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the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi by saying the organization was in disarray and that it was poorly led. that the work force had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies plain and simple. >> that was fired fbi director james comey testifying and it has shaken up washington. comey questioning the president's credibility and laying out the events that led to comey's firing. let's bring in senator tim kaine. he sits on the armed services committee. he was the democratic vice presidential nominee. good morning, senator. >> alisyn, good to talk to you. >> what was your take away? >> the strength and just clarity of his testimony. he says the president fired me because of the russia investigation. he made it plain in the written
testimony and articorally. he felt the president was so likely to lie, he felt it was necessary to document interactions with him. i believe the hearing will prove ample fodder for the senate investigation and special prosecutor. >> senator, republicans have seized on different moments and what they heard in comey's testimony. one being he testified that then attorney general low lretta lyn under then president obama asked him to characterize the e-mail investigation in a dafsifferent way. >> at one point the attorney general directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead call it a matter which confused me and concerned me. that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude i have to step away from the department if we are to close the case creditably.
>> how is that different? asking him to state it differently. asked him to characterize it. the same thing they are looking at now. >> alisyn, that's ridiculous. where is the action? president trump fired the director of the fbi. the guy leading the russia investigation. you know, i thought that was an interesting piece of testimony. the senate intel committee wants to look at it. basically with director comey, the president took an action that had an affect on the investigation. he fired the guy heading the vehicl investigation. what is his intent in taking that action? yesterday's testimony laid out disturbing pieces of evidence about what that intent was. >> of course. that is what the ongoing investigation is about. however, i ask just because you were part of the presidential campaign. did you know or was there a talking point you weren't going
to refer to the hillary clinton e-mails as an investigation and call it a matter? >> no, never. i used the word investigation all the time because remember the 28th of october when director comey said we are going to have to look at these e-mails. the partnershpers were filled f weeks. there was no point about that. i know the republicans are trying to seize on things to distract. this is like see no evil, hear no evil. they are trying to close their eyes to the investigation. >> one more thing for the record because it is interesting to see what happened in the election with hillary clinton. james comey made it sound the moment that former president bill clinton walked on to loretta lynch's airplane on the tarmac, it shifted something in
the calculus. >> let me go back if i can briefly to the decision to publicly go out with your results on the e-mail. was your decision influenced by the attorney general's tarmac meeting with the former president bill clinton? >> yes, ultimately conclusive way. that was the thing that capped it for me i had to do something separately to proptect the credibility of the investigation for the fbi and justice department. >> senator, what did you think? that moment set in motion his decision to then go public and speak about hillary clinton's e-mail investigation. >> alisyn, i thought that was irrelevant in the hearing yesterday. 2016 is he ovover. this is about why he fired the
fbi director and twhwas that connected to the russians and did it undermine the russia investigation? now what we are talking about is the sitting president of the united states and whether the administration took an action to fire the fbi director in historic way because of a desire to take the pressure off the russia investigation. there were interesting tid bits in the testimony yesterday that i don't think are that relevant or that important when we are talking about now is 2017 and trying to understand what the president was thinking when he took the very extreme and historically unprecedented action of firing the fbi director. >> what did you think about the questionable actions that james comey took that he didn't say to the president, mr. president, that's inappropriate. you can to the press me to let go of the michael flynn investigation and he didn't go completely up the chain of command to say the president is doing something untoward.
>> i think he actually did. he was very troubled and probably shocked by some of the actions of the president. when you are in the middle of the meeting with someone and they do something you find shocking, sometimes you don't immediately react. what he did is went to the head justice official in the nation, the attorney general and said it is not appropriate to have a meeting and have the president pull the fbi director in privately. that is inappropriate. he did go to the attorney general who has had to recuse himself over the same issue. misleading the committee about contacts with the russians and complain. i think he took those steps and other steps which was it was not his practice to document meetings that he held with presidents bush or obama. he felt the need to immediately document contemporaneously meetings with president trump because of the likelihood the president would lie about the
meetings. that is taking a step. those notes will be incredibly important to the prosecutor and committee as they try to understand who is telling the truth. >> senator tim kaine, thank you very much. great to get your take on everything that happened. >> alisyn, thank you. you bet. >> chris. we are trying to get you a broad range of perspective. the democratic senator there who ran for vice president with hillary clinton. we will get you former attorney general alberto gonzalez. what did he think mattered in the testimony? where does he think it goes? next. [vo] what made secretariat the greatest racehorse
all right. so there are a lot of different things you could pull out of the comey testimony and what he said and how it was heard by lawmakers and what may happen next. for instance, the situation from comey's perspective with attorney general jeff sessions and russian ambassador to the united states. fired fbi director comey apparently disclosing details in a closed hearing yesterday. he said he didn't want to talk about it in public testimony
which, of course, added a lot of weight to what he might think and tell senators about sessions maybe having a third meeting with the russian ambassador. let's bring in former ag alberto gonzalez. the dean of law and author of "true faith and legion." always good to have you on. >> chris, good to be with you. >> comey says, sessions, another meeting with the russian ambassador. i have to talk to you about it in private. eyebrows pop out. comey says there are concerns about the attorney general's role and his recusial behavior and saying don't leave the room when the president asks you to leave the room to talk to me. that's wrong. what do you make of that? >> i thought jim's testimony was compelling and i thought it was
very credible. i will say when i was attorney general mark prior went on the senate floor and called me a liar. after the investigation by the inspector general, i had not lied. saying it doesn't make it so. i will say that. with with respect to jeff sessions. you know, as the attorney general, and senator, you have multiple meetings all the time. sometimes you lose track of a meeting. if there was an additional meeting here. a lot of speculation of what was said behind closed doors. we have to wait and see and see the facts and context of the possible third meeting and explanation by general sessions. to the extent there was an additional meeting that wasn't disclos disclosed. a lot of information we have to learn before reaching conclusions as to whether or not a serious issue for the attorney general. >> would you have left the room
if the president wanted to talk to the director of the fbi and not you around? >> if that was the directive, sure. i would have asked the director what was the purpose of the conversation. your obligation as attorney general is to protect the department, including the fbi. so if that incident occurred at the direction of the president, i would have left the room, but i would have found out what was going on. if i did not take that step, i believe james comey had an obligation to make sure the attorney general or someone within the line of leadership was aware of the fact he was feeling so much pressure he knew immediately after the first meeting with the president after the transition that he would document every conversation at every meeting. that is a very serious evidence of the fact you feel very, very threatened by interactions with the president and if you feel that kind of pressure, by golly,
you have an obligation to notify. this is where the attorney general had the obligation to find out what is going on. his job is to protect the fbi and department of justice. >> comey said he did both. he recorded because he was worried and went up the chain, but did not trust the chain. >> my recollection is january 27th conversation where there was discussion of loyalty. that happened on january 27th. if my memory is correct, sally yates was not fired until january 30th. for a period of time, he could have gone to sally yates, acting attorney general. >> he says he did. he went to different people in the doj. he said he had conversations, but he certainly did not come out about it. you think he did not do enough? >> i don't think he did enough in the written or oral testimony of who had conversations with which. i know he had conversations with boente. >> dana boente and sessions.
he said he talked to them. >> the sessions conversation was please do not let me go into a situation where i am alone with the president of the united states. he did not explain his concerns specifically. >> that sounds like a concern, doesn't it? >> of course. >> he probably said why. >> i don't know. he didn't say that. as attorney general, if my fbi director is saying that, i'm going to find out why. with respect to dana boente. as i read the written testimony, i think he conveyed to boente is the president of the united states asked the fbi disclose that he is not the target of the investigation. i don't think he told boente he had concerns of the communications with the president. there is a lot of information we don't know here. >> it is still early. you are right. the idea of the trifecta of i want you to be loyal to me and i want you to drop the probe and
firing him when he doesn't do it. those three steps of behavior, your concern? >> yes. i think that gives bob mueller something to look at. look at what has been revealed publicly. it appears to me he had that one conversation about michael flynn. he had multiple conversations about disclosure of the fact he was not the president and was not under investigation. it is possible that the president fired jim comey not because he wouldn't drop the investigation of michael flynn, not because of the overall russian investigation, but because he would not disclose the fact that he, the president, was not under investigation. if that is the reason for the firing, it seems to me it is little more difficult case to make with respect to obstruction of justice. bob mueller will find out what happened. >> alberto gonzalez, we appreciate your perspective. >> thanks for having me. >> alisyn. chris, the other story.
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permission to form a government. after a stunning defeat with the may's majority party losing in parliament. phil black is live in london with more for us. phil. >> reporter: alisyn, so a short time ago theresa may left 10 downing street and traveled to buckingham palace and meeting with the queen and following the procedure of seeking the monarch's permission to form the next government. the thing that is unusual, she is attempting to do so having lost her commanding majority of seats in the house of parliament. that is usually what determines the right of a party leader to form a government here. we know she is a few seats short of achieving this. it is likely she will come to arrangement with a minor party. expected to be the democratic unionist party. that would give the prime minister a working majority in parliament. we don't know what the formal
nature of the agreement with the parties will be. whatever the result here and assuming that theresa may is able to continue as prime minister, the conservative party continue to be able in government, the result is so different to what theresa may wanted. she went into the election to increase majority and get stronger mandate. that has proved political gamble which she has ultimately lost. alisyn. >> phil, what does this mean for the brexit negotiations next week? >> reporter: by theresa may's logic, every vote for her and party and constituency which she won in addition to what they had would give her a stronger hand in the brexit negotiations. these develop the terms of britain leaving the european union and the future of the union. trade talks and security. she wanted the strongest possible hand. by her own logic, she now has a much weaker hand in continuing
these talks. these talks are set to begin in less than two weeks. a little later this month, the whole dynamic surrounding them will take on a very different feel. theresa may will be struggling to maintain authority and digni dignity, if you like, in terms of leading her party and that has a tremendous impact on her ability to get what she wants when she is trying to negotiate with the eu as well. >> phil, so many shifting political dynamics everywhere. really. thank you very much for the update. they have just gotten in the car. that is theresa may. just leaving buckingham palace. we are not sure what the queen decided in the meeting there. we expect theresa may to explain herself and thinking and what the next steps are for the people of britain and certainly with the brexit negotiations coming up. we have other headlines to get to now. accused nsa leaker reality
winner pleading not guilty in federal court to revealing classified information. an fbi agent says the 25-year-old admitted she printed the information and mailed it to an online news outlet. the judge denying bail after prosecutors suggested that winner may have more classified material. bill cosby facing his words in court on the sexual offense trial. a detective read part of the interview with police back in 2005 over accusations he drugged and assaulted andrea constand. in it, cosby admitted to giving constand benadryl and touching her. he said the pair never had sex and had romantic relationship prior to the incident. constand adamantly denies the claims. cosby is not expected to take the stand and pleaded not guilty. chris, see the video from new jersey. a 67-year-old woman. oh, my goodness!
what? oh, my gosh. walking down the street texting. pulled out the cell phone. hit the metal door and falls eight feet to the floor below. people gather around the door quickly and call for help. the woman was taken to the hospital. she was not seriously hurt. there's a lesson here for all of us. twi. >> what? >> tww. texting while walking. >> thank god she's okay. obviously you have to be careful how you use your phone. this is extreme. i'm shocked that she is okay after that. i feel like you would not see me a while. that sis a tough lady. >> let's all remember not to do that. jim comey and donald trump each have different approaching when telling their sides of the story. if this is a credibility contest whom will you believe? it's going to come down to you
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her rival party is calling for her to resign. she says she won't. let's listen in. >> the united kingdom out of the european union. it will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change that i set out following the appalling attacks in manchester and london, cracking down on the ideology of islamic extremism and all those who support it and giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe. the government i lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do so that we will fulfill the promise of brexit together and over the next five years build a country in which no one and no communiqcommunity is left behind. a country in which prosperity
and opportunity are shared right across this united kingdom. what the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear only the conservative party has the legitimacy to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the house of commons. as we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the democratic unionist party in particular. our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole united kingdom. this will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful brexit deal that works for everyone in this
country. securing a new partnership with the eu, which guarantees our long-term prosperity. that's what people voted for last june. that's what we will deliver. now let's get to work. >> okay. fascinating to hear prime minister theresa may there try to put the pieces back together after the election did not go her way. the gamble that she said that it would, it did not. and then we know that she just moments ago visited with the queen to ask if she could still stay in charge to try to form this government moving towards the brexit negotiations. obviously the queen says said. >> the queen's role largely per function toir there. that's very much in dispute. we're going to have to see what james corbin, the la boar party, what they want out of brexit and clearly the divisions manifest
anything this snap special election. >> that here at home, james comey's stunning testimony revealed a man who some watchers saw as strategic and deliberate. so which approach will win politically? let's bring in the senior editor from the atlantic and chairman of the american conservative union. gentlemen, great to have you. you are both conservatives, it it will be interesting to see how you both saw yesterday's testimony. what was your take away? >> director comey made it clear that everything the president has said about their interaction was a lie. the word that he used again. all this begins with an else peonage investigation of which president trump was certainly the beneficiary and possibly with which he was complicit. >> let me interrupt you because
comey did seem to confirm the president's version that he was not the target of this investigation, that james comey did tell him three times. >> it is a pretty sad exoneration. yes, the president at that time was in the a target of the larger investigation into espionage involving his campaign and closest supporters. i don't know if i were president trump i would be heralding that as much of a vindication. you, yourself, however are not at the moment a suspect. >> what did you hear? >> let's look at what happened yesterday, which is jim comey had everybody who is a trump supporter like myself, you know, a little rattled because it does seem like he doesn't have great respect for the president and he has been leaking and we've been wondering about where these stories are coming from.
actually what this president said during these interviews turned out to be true, which was he wasn't the subject of an investigation. it is a counter intelligence investigation about russia's involvement in the election, which is incredibly troubling, the underlying question. but i worked out of the white house and i was caught up in some of these investigations, including the investigation where we had a special prosecutor, a special counsel. it is so jarring and disconcerting and they say it is one of the most stressful things a human being can go through. the first question i always ask, am i person of interest? am i a target? it is perfectly logical. >> you can't fire the person asking that question. >> it is perfectly logical for every person to want to know. in this case, i agree with the lawyers i talked to in the bush administration, which was the fbi director ultimately reports to the president. >> none of that is true.
>> the president has a right to fire the fbi director. it is just a fact, david. >> matt, it's not. >> go ahead, david. >> if you ask the question, am i a person of interest, you are not asking that to a person over whom you have the power to fire. that's what the president did. am i person of interest, will you shut down this whole investigation is embarrassing. >> he gave the answer he liked. he said you are not a person of interest. >> matt, matt, matt. >> go ahead, david. >> this is turning into an ugly dog contest for pathetic talking points, really. >> thanks a lot, i appreciate it. >> it's true. it's true. >> matt. >> the president confirmed he fired comey to shut down an investigation into espionage. the president asked -- whatever talking point you give, we have the fact here. everything the president said about the encounter was a lie. there was an investigation into