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Collins calls Trump request to drop Flynn case 'truly outrageous'

Is that a fair statement? Here are key moments.

Trump was expected to face journalists at the White House later Friday in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. So let's take things one by one.

Comey took the Times and other media outlets to task, however, testifying that "there have been many, many stories about Russian Federation ... that are dead wrong".

During his testimony, Comey admitted to leaking copies of memo notes he wrote after conversations with Trump to a friend with the idea that it would wind up in the media.

The former director of the FBI accused the President of the United States of lying and confirmed that an investigation was open into whether the President was obstructing justice. However, most of the questions focused on Comey's meetings with the president.

"Trump asks for a loyalty pledge because he doesn't trust Comey and Comey documents everything in memos because he doesn't trust Trump", Olson said.

The fired FBI director explained that the president frequently asked for assurances that he and his colleagues were not under investigation from the FBI. The threat - I guess that's the best way to describe what Trump did - of the existence of recordings spurred Comey to pass along memos he had written detailing his conversations with Trump to a friend, with the express goal of them being leaked and, hopefully, triggering a special counsel to be appointed.

"Guess I don't know for sure".

Comey said he complied with Lynch's directive to use the "inaccurate" terminology because it "wasn't a hill worth dying on".

"Not for the first time, it appears that Comey took it upon himself to breach important norms governing the conduct of senior law enforcement officials - an offense that, perhaps ironically, would have unquestionably justified his termination, if he hadn't already been fired before doing it". He did not ask Comey to fill him in on Russian subversion, he only wanted to know if anyone was coming after him.

Nancy Pelosi implied that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's downplaying of the Hillary Clinton private server scandal was not "such a big deal". Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate. The Fact Checker breaks it down.

He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier. The bottom line after Comey's testimony: Unless the special prosecutor or one of the congressional committees finds a hot, smoking gun, the Republicans will never start an impeachment proceeding against Trump, no matter how fervently liberals across America long for it. Comey did not provide that gun. Comey and other intelligence chiefs have testified to Congress that it's possible (and almost impossible to quantify) that Russia's campaign of fake news and hacking of Democratic emails changed the way some people chose to cast their vote.