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Trump claims 'complete vindication' after Comey's testimony on Russia probe

Ex-FBI chief admitted to leaking details of his meetings with the US President

AFP | PTI  |  Washington 

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Former FBI director James Comey recounts a series of conversations with President Donald Trump as he testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)

President on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI director said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's US election.

The early morning tweet was Trump's first response to Comey's testimony Thursday before a Senate committee in which he accused the president of lies and defamation.

But Comey also confirmed that Trump was not being probed.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication... And WOW, Comey is a leaker!" Trump said.

Comey admitted in his sworn testimony that he had asked a friend to leak notes he kept detailing his meetings with Trump to a reporter.

"I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, Comey said.

The ploy worked. The investigation is now being handled by a high-powered special prosecutor.

Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice.

But Trump and his supporters focused instead on the confirmation that he was not a target of investigation, easing months of speculation.

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 22:12 IST