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Donald Trump hits back at James Comey after scathing testimony

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Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were among a handful of senators who questioned former FBI Director James Comey Thursday about being fired by President Donald Trump as his agency was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Now that silence has been well and truly broken.

Trump, who did not post anything about the hearing before Comey's appearance in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

He followed up that pronouncement by tweeting his appreciation for the news coverage of the Fox News channel with regard to Comey.

His personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will file a complaint with the Department of Justice's inspector general and the Senate judiciary committee over Comey's revelation in a hearing Thursday that he had a friend give one of his unclassified memos to The New York Times, a source close to the president's outside legal team told NBC News Friday.

But he said that Mr Trump's request at a February 14 Oval Office meeting for him to ease the probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn sounded like an order. Comey's disclosure that the person who leaked his memos of meeting with Trump was a Columbia Law School professor led to a stampede on the school's website, causing it to crash.

Comey, who was sacked May 9 amid his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, also revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about conversations he had with Trump.

He also disclosed that he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he thought private meetings between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the president were inappropriate. He said he does not know, however, whether special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump now - and left little doubt that he hopes Mueller is doing just that.

The White House said in response to Comey's testimony, that the "President is not a liar".

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Mr. Comey's testimony, it's worth noting, came a day after key intelligence officials refused to tell the committee whether the president asked them to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.

"I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature our meeting and I thought it would be really important to document it", replied Comey when asked why he wrote down his thoughts on his discussions with the President. Most of Comey's toughest comments had already been on America's front pages because of a leak that Comey acknowledged Thursday he had orchestrated.

Mr Comey was leading one of several Russian Federation investigations before Mr Trump fired him last month.

Trump has hired Kasowitz to handle matters related to various investigations of Russian interference in the USA president election, freeing his White House counsel to handle other government-related matters. It's Comey's word against Trump's, and the expectation is that everyone - lawmakers, voters, journalists, et al - should believe the latter over the former, despite the president's total lack of trustworthiness on any subject.

In normal times, former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to a Senate committee would have been an earth-shaking event.

On that, Mr Comey accused the White House of lying. Nor did it explain why Comey said he could not discuss those reasons in public.

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, '" Comey said in written remarks.

Comey: I mean, it's the President of the United States with me alone, saying, "I hope this".

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