Trump's lawyer: President never said "I need loyalty"


President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, delivered a statement regarding James Comey's testimony earlier today, in which Comey accused Trump of lying and trying to influence the FBI's Russia probe. Key excerpts:

  • "The President never... directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr. Comey 'let Flynn go.' As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, 'General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot' and also 'asked how is General Flynn is doing.'"
  • "The President also never told Mr. Comey, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance.'"
  • "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 privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers."
  • "We will leave it [to] the appropriate authorities to determine whether [these Comey] leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated."