The lawyer for President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that his client ever asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“The President never, in any form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr. Comey ‘Let Flynn disappear,’” attorney Marc Kasowitz said in a prepared statement. “The President likewise never pressured Mr. Comey.”
Kasowitz, who denied that Trump demanded loyalty from Comey, said that Thursday’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee proves that the president was never under investigation by the Bureau while the FBI director was in office.
The response from the president’s legal counsel came approximately two hours after Comey concluded what was a highly anticipated hearing that focused on his interactions with the president.
In his testimony, Comey said that that the Trump administration lied approximately him and the FBI, defaming him in the process. Comey added that he “took it as a direction” when Trump asked him to let the Flynn investigation disappear.
“I took it as a direction,” Comey said Thursday. “I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying, ‘I hope this.’ I took it as, this is what he wants me to conclude. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.”
Kasowitz’s comments followed the remarks given by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House’s deputy press secretary, who told reporters in an off-camera press gathering that the president is not a liar.