2. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer. Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today's hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President Trump privately, that is that the President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference. The president ... Mr. Comey also admitted that there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference. Mr. Comey's testimony also makes clear that the president never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey "it would be good to find out" in that investigation if there were "some 'satellite' associates of his who did something wrong." And he, President Trump, did not exclude anyone from that statement.
Consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including, the president never suggested that Mr. Comey "let Flynn go." As the president publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, "General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot," and also "asked how General Flynn is doing." (NSA Director) Admiral (Michael) Rogers testified today (sic) that the President never "directed to do anything . . . illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate" and never, never "pressured to do so." (National Intelligence) Director (Dan) Coates said the same thing. The president likewise never pressured Mr. Comey. The president also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty." He never said it in form and he never said it in substance. Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving the administration, and, from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers. Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal lawyer:
"As he said yesterday, the President feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda, with the business of this country and with this public cloud removed. Thank you."
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz said Thursday the president 'never, in form or substance' directed former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating anyone, including former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.
Kasowitz was reacting to Comey's earlier congressional testimony.
Trump tasked Kasowitz late last month with responding to matters arising from various probes of Russian interference in the election.