WASHINGTON — After remaining mute on Thursday during harsh testimony from the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey accusing him of lying, President Trump tweeted early Friday that Mr. Comey had given him “vindication” in the Russia investigation.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication,” he wrote at 6:10 a.m.
He added, “and WOW, Comey is a leaker,” referring to the former director’s admission that he had leaked a memo detailing Oval Office discussions with the president to The New York Times through a friend.
Mr. Trump’s team, led by his personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, had implored him not tweet during Mr. Comey’s rebuke before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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