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Trump blasted Comey as a 'leaker' and claimed 'total vindication' day after testimony

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UPDATE June 9, 6:29 a.m.: In first tweet since Thursday's Comey hearing, Trump speaks out.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Justice Department released a statement on James Comey's testimony on Thursday that attempts to set the record straight on some of the former FBI director's remarks. 

The statement focuses on a piece of Comey's testimony in which he claimed he was not aware of any memo saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be recusing himself from any investigations into alleged links between the Trump campaign (of which he was a part) and Russian officials. 


The Justice Department, however, provided a specific example of a time when it did, in fact, release such a memo. 

"In his testimony, Mr. Comey stated that he was 'not *** aware of' 'any kind of memorandum issued from the Attorney General or the Department of Justice to the FBI outlining the parameters of [the Attorney General’s] recusal.," read the statement.


However, on March 2, 2017, the Attorney General’s Chief of Staff sent the attached email specifically informing Mr. Comey and other relevant Department officials of the recusal and its parameters, and advising that each of them instruct their staff “not to brief the Attorney General *** about, or otherwise involve the Attorney General *** in, any such matters described,” read the statement. 

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