He did believe President Trump asked him to "let go" of the FBI's criminal investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, whether his authority as the man sitting in the Oval Office. "Those were lies, plain and simple", Comey said. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Comey said.
But while Republicans in general have continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticizing his actions. Material can not be classified to hide legal violations or prevent embarrassment, according to an executive order from President Barack Obama.
"Oh, I remember that bridge", Colbert said. And Risch noted that Comey had said he interpreted Trump's words as a "direction" to drop the Flynn investigation.
"You see how disgusting the swamp really is, the people that are there", the younger Trump said in an interview with Fox News later Thursday, a nod to his father's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" that is Washington.
The White House has seized on Comey's confirmation that Trump personally was not under investigation over his ties to Russian Federation to declare a victory of sorts.
Trump demurred when asked whether tapes of his talks with Comey actually exist.
"I'll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said when asked about the purported existence of the tapes during a joint news conference with the president of Romania at the White House today.
The maneuver was one of a veteran Washington power player - shielding Comey, at least temporarily, from any personal scrutiny about the information.
Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the FBI on May 9, admitting later that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind at the time.
But it achieved Comey's goal. And second, as Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer in the Bush/Cheney administration, noted this morning, trying to get the Justice Department to target a material witness - in this case, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - only adds to the concerns about Team Trump trying to obstruct justice.
Trump also made news Friday on subjects unrelated to Comey.
Trump's son Donald Trump Jr issued a series of tweets attacking Comey but the president himself stayed off social media while the drama played out in Congress. Comey said he felt he needed to get his account of his conversations with Trump in the public sphere in the hope that it might prompt the appointment.
Two leading Senate Democrats pushed the chamber's Judiciary Committee on Friday to expand its on-going Russian Federation investigation to include whether or not any obstruction of justice occurred in relation to former FBI Director James Comey.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined comment for this report. "I took it as, 'This is what he wants me to do.' I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it", Mr. Comey said in an exchange with Idaho Republican Sen. They do this not just because of a liberal bias, but because discord and doubt are a ratings bonanza.
"I'm not suggesting it's a good thing to leak".
Lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file the complaint with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department's inspector general, CNN said, citing unidentified sources. "Think of that. I hardly know the man".
The context of his leak, of course, is different: By his account, none of the information he shared was classified.
He said that while he found the exchange disturbing, "that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense". He said it was an effort to further the investigation.