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of any probe into russian interference. the president -- mr. comey 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, quote, it would be good to find out, closed quote, in that investigation if there was, quote, some satellite associates of his who did something wrong, closed quote. and he, president trump, 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 the president never suggested that mr. comey, quote, let flynn go, closed quote. as the president publicly stated the next day, he did say to mr. comey, quote, general flynn is a good guy. he has been through a lot, closed quote, and also, quote, asked how general flynn is doing, closed quote. admiral rogers testified today that the president never, quote, directed him to do anything illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate, closed quote, and never, never, quote, pressured him to do so, closed quote. director coats said the same
thing. the president likewise never pressured mr. comey. the president also never told mr. comey, quote, i need loyalty. i expect loyalty, closed quote. he never said it in form, and he never said it in substance. of course, the office of the president is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving the administration and from before this -- 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 pr l 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 that he disclosed to them the conversations that 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 of his purported memos of those pri privileged communications, one of which he testified was classified. mr. comey also testified that
immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of those memos to the press in order to, in mr. comey's words, quote, prompt the appointment of a special counsel, closed quote. although mr. comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that "the new york times" was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet which belies mr. comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory. we will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others that are being investigated. in sum, it is now established that the president was not being
investigated for colluding with or attempting to obstruct any investigation. as the committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not been leaked during the course of these events. as he said yesterday, the president feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda, with the business of this country and with this public cloud removed. thank you. >> the president's personal attorney right there, marc kasowitz with a bare-knuckled and brazen response to jim comey today. i am here with legal analyst dan abrams. first, he claimed to measure vindication saying that james comey confirmed publicly that the president wasn't under the russian investigation and there
was no evidence any votes were changed. >> and that's true. the problem is he's quoting comey as the ultimate and definitive source in certain places and shifting when they don't like what he said to calling him the ultimate liar and then a leaker. you have three things that they're talking about him. believe him, don't believe him and he's a leaker. >> saying comey is not telling the truth when he talks about the january 27th dinner when in his words the president said i expect loyalty from him and secondly, quotes about the february 14th meeting where he believes that president trump directed him to let the flynn investigation go. >> let's be clear. they're calling james comey a liar. they're saying he's lying about this. there's no middle ground here. he's not saying he may have misremembered it, yes, there were discussions about loyalty and he misinterpreted it. they're saying in substance and in form there was no discussion about loyalty, and as a result, that means that they're saying james comey's lying and i've said this before, in theory that
should mean they're going to prosecute james comey for perjury because he was under oath. >> this isn't just going to be he said-he said because james comey told others at the time. >> that's right. that would make the lie that james comby is supposedly telling here even more fantastical. this idea that he decides to make up this lie and then tell other people about it and take notes about it shortly after the fact. >> final point with you, this whole discussion of james comey admitting today that he had a friend leak information to "the new york times," the substance of this memo of the february 14th meeting, mr. cass witkasow claiming this is privileged information that should not have been leaked. >> he used surreptitious, that's true. unauthoriz unauthorized, that's true. he said privileged. the executive privilege could apply in this sense in trying to prevented someone from testifying, et cetera. he could invoke some form of an executive privilege and the problem with that, of course, that he's waived confidentiality
on it by discussing these matters publicly previously, and secondly, you can't use executive privilege to cover up alleged misconduct and that's effectively what comey is saying that he's doing here. so i think that the notion that this is somehow privileged communications is simply not going to hold up. >> john carl, chief white house correspondent, on that point, as well mr. kasowitz seemed to charge and say that mr. comey had leaked this earlier than he said. comey said it was in response to the president's tweet about tapes of their meetings. "the new york times" is backing up comey's description of this. >> yeah. in fact, it seems pretty clear cut, george, because the tweet that was referenced by comey actually came on may 12th, "the new york times" story that quoted the memos came on may 16th, so a full four days later despite the fact that the charge here made by the president's lawyer was that the story came a day before the tweet. it seems that it simply did not.
it came well after. >> john, pretty clear here that the president's attorney is digging in and doing what a personal attorney would do. i wonder what the white house is going to do when these questions quite naturally the next time a presidential spokesman is in the briefing room, how they're going to handle it? >> my only real reference to something close to this was the days of the clinton impeachment scandal, and i remember well-being in that briefing room with mike mccurry, the press secretary and on questions related to the legal case would constantly refer it to the legal team and would not take the questions from the podium. i imagine that's a lesson they would try to learn from at the trump white house if there's discipline. >> no answer on whether or not the president has tapes? >> no answer on whether or not the president has tapes and that would clear everything up quite beautifully and the president is the only person that has suggested there might be tapes, but they have not confirmed that. >> john carl, thank. pierre thomas, one thing pretty clear from this extraordinary
series of events is that this investigation is now beginning now in the hands of special council robert mueller. >> he's handed these memos over to mueller. essentially putting the ball in his court as to whether the president of the united states will be investigated. >> okay, pierre thomas, thanks very much. that's all for us right now. back on our regular programming. back on our regular programming. full coverage tonight on world r and keeps it vibrant for up to 60 days. this is my new favorite find. l'oréal's exclusive ultra-protecting haircare with an anti-oxidant and uv filter. for even hard-to-maintain shades. keep coloring your hair. l'oréal will keep caring for it. color vibrancy from l'oréal paris. protects color-treated hair and keeps it vibrant for up to 60 days. just shine. because you are worth it. ♪ lysol max cover kills 99.9% of bacteria, even on soft surfaces.
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[ door opens, closes ] excuse me. yes? can y-- is there any way you can give me an update on ms. jerome? are you a relative? well, she's the mother of my youngest child, right? but [stammers] i can go through other channels if -- no, no, no. it's fine. okay. ms. jerome sustained second- and third-degree burns over 50% of her body. [ exhales sharply ] wow. we're monitoring her closely, trying to manage her pain. she's at high risk for infection. she's critical but stable and showing signs of improvement. wow, that's bad. thank you. yeah, sure. really? why are we meeting here? i just -- i wanted to give you an update on -- on ava. you couldn't give me an update on the phone? it's making you uncomfortable, seeing her? it makes me uncomfortable to see any human being suffering like that, but it doesn't make me hate her any less