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>> senator mccain. >> in the case of hillary clinton you made the statement that there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her although it had been very careless in their behavior but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her. yet at the same time, in the case of mr. comey, you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion. tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former secretary clinton is concerned
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and mr. trump. >> the clinton investigation was a completed investigation that the fbi had been deeply involved in. i had the opportunity to understand all the facts and apply the facts against the laws i understood them. this investigation was under way, still going whenn i was fired. so it's nowhere near in the same place, at least it wasn't when i was -- >> but it's still ongoing? >> as far as i know. it was when i left. >> that investigation was going on, this investigation was going on, you reached separate conclusions? >> no. that one was done. >> that investigation have any involvement of secretary clinton or any of her associate is completed? >> yes, as of july the 5th the fbi completed its investigative work and that's what i was announcing, what we had done and found. >> well, at least in the minds of this member there's a whole lot of questions remaining about
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what went on particularly considering the fact that as you mention it's a quote, big deal as to what went on during the campaign. so i'm glad you concluded that part of the investigation, but i think that the american people have a whole lot of questions out there, particularly, since you just emphasized the role that russia played. obviously, she was a candidate for president at the time, so she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news as you just described it, big deal took place. you're going to have to help me out here. in other words, complete the investigation of anything that former secretary clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don't have to worry about it anymore? >> with respect to -- i'm a little confused senator. with respect to secretary
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clinton we investigated criminal investigation in connection with her use of a personal e-mail server. >> i understand. >> that's the investigation i announce on july 5th. >> but at the same time of the announcement there would be no charges brought against then secretary clinton for any activities involved in the russia involvement, in our engagement, in our election. i don't quite understand how you could be done with that but not done with the whole investigation of their attempt to effect the outcome of our election? >> i'm sorry. we're not -- at least when i left, when i was fired on may 9th. it was an open active investigation to understand the russian efforts and whether any americans worked with them. >> you reached the conclusion there was no reason to bring charges against secretary clinton. so you reached a conclusion in the case of mr. comey, you --
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president comey -- excuse me. in the case of president trump, you have an ongoing investigation. so you got one candidate who you're done with and another candidate that you have a long way to go, is that correct? >> i don't know how far the fbi has to go. but yes, that the clinton e-mail investigation was completed. the investigation of russia's efforts in connection with the election and whether there was any coordination and if so, with whom between russia and the campaign was ongoing. >> what you said this was a quote, big deal, unquote. i think it's hard to reconcile. one you have reached conclusion and the other side you have not. in fact, obviously, there's a lot more there as we know as you called it a quote, big deal. she's one of the candidates. but in her case, you say there
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will be no charges and in the case of president trump, the investigation continues. what has been brought out in this hearing is more and more emphasis on the russian engagement and involvement in this campaign. how serious do you think this was? >> very serious. but i want to be clear. it was we have not announced and there was no pred occasion to announce an investigation of whether the russians may have coordinated with secretary clinton's campaign. >> no. but they might not have been involved with the campaign but were with the entire presidential campaign. >> yes, sir. that is an investigation that began last summer and continues. >> so both president trump and former candidate clinton are both involved in the investigation, yet one of them
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you said there's going to be no charges and the other one the investigation continues. i think there's a double standard there to tell you the truth. then when the president said to you -- you talked about the april 11th phone call and he said quote, because i've been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing you know. did that arouse your curiosity as what quote, that thing was? >> yes. >> why didn't you ask him? >> it didn't seem to be important to understand it. i took it to be some -- an effort to communicate to me that there is a relationship between us where i've been good to you you should be good to me. >> i think you would -- it would arouse my curiosity if the president of the united states said we had that thing, you know. i would like to know what the hell that thing is particularly if i'm the director of the fbi. >> i get that senator.
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what i concluded is in his memory he was searching back to our encounter at the dinner and preparing himself to say i offer loyalty to you, you promised loyalty to me and his memory showed that did not happen and i think he pulled up short. that's just a guess. but a lot of conversations -- >> i think i would have had some curiosity if it were about me to be honest with you. so are you aware of anything that would lead you believe that the president, members of the administration or members of the campaign could potentially be used to coerce or black mail the administration? >> that's a subject for investigatio investigations, not something i can comment on sitting here. >> but you reached that conclusion as far as secretary clinton was concerned but you're not reaching a conclusion as far as this administration is concerned? are you aware of anything that would lead you to believe that
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information exists that could coerce members of the administration or black mail the administration? >> that's not a question i can answer senator. >> time is expired. >> thank you. >> time is expired for the hearing. can i say for members we'll reconvene promptly at 1:00 p.m. in the hearing room. we have a vote scheduled for 1:45. i would suggest that all members promptly be there at 1:00. we have about three minutes. i would like to have order photographers return to where you were please. this hearing is not adjourned yet. >> there you have it right there. the chairman of the senate intelligence committee trying to
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adjourn that hearing now. two hours of gripping testimony. more than two hours of testimony by james comey, the fbi director fired by president trump back on may 9th. he was in control over the course of those two hours under close questioning by democrats and republicans making it pretty clear he believes that he was fired because of the russia investigation. contradicting president trump on key claims about their encounters and said clearly that he thought the president was looking for a pledge of loyalty in their january 27th dinner. he thinks he was directed by president trump to fire -- to close down the investigation into michael flynn and also can tra ducted him on his accounts of their phone calls as well. from the very start of the hearing this was a man anxious and angry about the fact that he had been fired by president trump and the reasons that president trump and his team gave for the firing. let's take a listen. >> no reason at all to fire an
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fbi director. the administration then chose to defame me and the fbi by saying that the organization was in disarr disarray. that it was poorly led. that the work force had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies plain and simple. >> lies plain and simple calling the president a liar several times. pierre thomas knows comey well. clearly this was well thought through by james comey. he has been simmering with anger since that firing and defended himself and his department. >> george, he had been simmering and preparing. i spoke to someone who had been in contact with him and said he was prepared to tell the truth in a disciplined way, that the truth has a way of making you calm but the fbi director over and over talking about how he believed the president was acting inappropriately pointing to the fact that in the meeting that when he was asked about
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flynn and the attorney general was asked to leave the room that he was concerned about the nature of what the president was doing and he also sort of made the case that he believes that the special counsel needs to investigate what took place in regards to his relationship with the president of the united states. he pointed out he's already turned over those memos to special counsel bob mueller. >> needs to investigate and believes the special counsel will investigate and one of the most surprising things we learned is that number one, we learned that james comey kept memos of the meetings because he was concerned about the president and the subject matter they were talking about but also, once president trump tweeted about the fact he said that he had tapes of these meetings and james comey better be worried comey revealed he had his own memos leaked to "the new york times." listen. >> i asked -- the president tweeted on friday after i got fired that i better hope there's not tapes. i woke up in the middle of the
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night on monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally that there might be a tape, and my judgment was i needed to get that out into the public square and i asked a friend of mine to share the content with the reporter. didn't do it for myself for a variety reasons but i asked him to because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special okay you have been watching a special abc news report. i'm rick williams with "action news." as they are breaking from testimony former director, jim comey, testifying for two hours this morning on capitol hill. they will resume at 1:00 this afternoon and right now that sour big story on "action news." jim comey speaking under oath saying that the trump administration defamed him and the fbi after the abrupt firing. >> today the fired fbi director
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put his account up against president trump in the long awaited testimony of james comey. the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi. by saying that the organization was in disarray. that it was poorly led and that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies. plain and simple. >> even before comey said a word his written remarks were made public recalling nine conversations he had with president trump and putting a spot plight of what was asked of comey. >> and the president of the united states asking the fbi director to drop an investigation. >> they were trying to keep the most hotly contested testimony from being a partisan football. >> we must keep this above political partisanship.
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>> it's an effort to stop a threat that will not go away any time soon. >> the president felt completely vindicated because comey said in his memo that he was not being investigated personally. comey asked about that too -- >>s with general flynn at that time in serious legal jeopardy and in addition to that, do you sense that the president was trying to obstruct justice? >> general flynn was in legal jeopardy, i don't think it's for me to say if the conversation was an effort to obstruct. >> he pulled no punches but was concerned that the president would lie about the nature of the meeting and one thing was that on the suggestion that the president may have secret tapes of their meeting, comey said he
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hopes so. >> this reminder "action news" anchor, sara bloomquist is in washington as well for the testimony and her live reports continue at 4:00 right here on "action news." and the testimony of james comey has been streaming live on the 6 abc app. you can also find the latest reports and videos from washington and the 6 abc news app is a free download at the apple store and google play. we recently had a heart attack. but we are not victims. we are survivors. we are survivors. we are survivors.
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would seem to me that there is a very strong argument for those tapes being the prosecution in the bill cosby sexual abuse trial spend the day trying to convince the jury that andrea constand's account of what happened is true. >> reporter: the bill cosby trial started late this morning as the lawyers continued to argue about the admissibility of sworn statements he made under only in the civil suit constand
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filed against him in lieu of criminal charges in '05. she had some inconsistencies during the cross-examination but constand basically stuck to her story, that bill cosby drugged her and sexually assaulted her in january of '04 on her fifth visit to his home in cheltenham. she resisted twice before but was rendered incap acetated by pills. which included a tour of cosby's home to verify that constand had an accurate recollection of the interior. latest today one of constand's old friends is expected to testify about her behavior and mood swings following the alleged sexual assault. >> this trial is expected to last two week buzz the jury could have the case in its hands
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to find if they can corroborate some of the time to check the forecast, meteorologist, david murphy, here and a few clouds at lunch time out there. >> started out with sun but as expected the clouds have gotten thicker, stormtracker 6 live double scan shows you a hint of rain off the coast that is the low passing by but most of the rain is staying off the coast. maybe a drizzle drop on the ocean front. as we look outside the acts cam is out earlier in wiggins park in camden county and all the boats are getting ready to go. over the weekend we'll see warmer conditions building in and it will probably be decent boat weather. we have seen the number jump up after seeing the temperatures in the mid-50s this morning and winds are light at 3 miles per hour and generally out of the east. numbers in the region warming up nicely in allentown and
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westchester. 68 in trenton and over to the east and southeast it's cooler today and we are only at 62 in cape may. in a moment i'll show you where the numbers are going down the shore. we started out with sun and as the low gets closer to us we see the clouds taking over the region. for the while we'll be under mainly cloudy skies and clouds mixing with sunny breaks in the lehigh valley. milder today 75 degrees. down the shore 67 degrees in atlantic city and maybe 66 down in cape pay. lots of clouds and it should be basically dry just a little sprinkle possible. but most of that shower activity looks to stay out over the coast and water. and mostly cloudy in philadelphia and can't rule out sunny breaks and milder than yesterday at 76 degrees and winds light at 6 to 12 miles per hour. for the evening commute, those temperatures will start out
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warm, 73 degrees by 4:00 and down to 72 by 5:00 and 70 by 6:00 and by 7:00 this evening, 68 degrees. overnight tonight, we are probably going to see partly to mostly cloudy skies and overnight low of 55 and when you wake up in the morning in philadelphia it will probably be similar temperature-wise as it was this morning. maybe a light jacket to start out. some of the cooler suburbs may not be as cool tomorrow overall we see sunshine building in and during the day we'll be on the lookout for sprinkles and showers. and the best chance of this is in the poconos and at times it may try to get to the lehigh valley and maybe suburbs further south a pop-up shower or sprinkle but the action tomorrow is in the poconos and maybe the lehigh valley. your exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast today 76 degrees and lots of clouds and partly sunny and warmer with a high of 82 and then we get into the weekend and saturday looks
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toasty but not all that humid and overall a nice spring day. 86 is the high on saturday. if we see a shower or thunderstorm on saturday, again it's late in the day and mainly up in the poconos. and sunday things start to change. a high of 90, and we'll feel that humidity begin to build through sunday afternoon. that sets us up for hot and humid weather on monday, tuesday and probably wednesday as well. monday and tuesday will be close to record highs, the record high 95 both of those days and wednesday a chance we are still at 90 and tuesday and wednesday is your thunderstorm chances and if we get three straight days of 90 or better, that is heat wave number two. >> i like that. all right thank you david. more news when we come right back.
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