But he left aside scathing testimony by Comey, who was sacked in early May, that Trump had tried to derail a probe into his onetime national security advisor - at best, a political miscalculation by a tradition-shredding president, and at worst, a criminal obstruction of justice.
Krauthammer added that actions that Trump made in that frustration may have backfired.
Comey said a decision was made not report to Sessions a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into Flynn, whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments. The statement came two days after White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump had confidence in his attorney general.
Kasowitz, however, also said Comey's testimony was incorrect. "Comey Demurred." The language contained in the article - which seemed to spur Trump's "tapes" tweet - references Comey's interactions with Trump that are essentially repeated in Comey's submitted testimony.
"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said". According to James Comey, 'All I can do is waiting. "That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him".
He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed sworn testimony about a private dinner the two men had in the White House.
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"One hundred per cent.I would be glad to tell him (special counsel Robert Mueller) exactly what I told you", Trump said at a joint news press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting Romanian President.
The Comey memos are never explicitly mentioned in the May 11 the New York Times story; however, details that appeared to have been written in the memos were. The Justice statement Thursday made no mention of that issue.
What Comey's statement says: He backs the president's account: "I discussed with the FBI's leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. And quite often, head of the national security branch".
Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.
Shortly after he fired Comey in May, Trump tweeted "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Kasowitz accused Comey of misleading senators about the timing of his leak - Comey said he did it only after being alarmed by a tweet in which the president said the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation boss "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"