45 After Dark: Comey At Me edition

There were a lot of takeaways from fired FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony. On Friday, President Donald Trump offered his: It was total and complete vindication of him.

Oh, and James Comey? A leaker.

If Thursday was Comey’s turn in the spotlight (and quite a spotlight — more than 19 million tuned in), President Trump did his best to wrest it back today, offering his own interpretation of Comey’s much-watched testimony. He struck a defiant tone and “ repeatedly attacked Comey … accusing him of lying under oath and leaking sensitive information about their talks, even as congressional investigators upped the pressure on the White House to back up its claims.”

Congressional officials, meanwhile, stepped up their inquiries of Trump — and Comey — demanding any tapes of the pair’s conversations (if they exist) and Comey’s memos of their conversations.

But the day, as so many have in recent weeks, belonged to Trump. And specifically the president’s interpretation of events. “Total and complete vindication,” Trump declared.

Elsewhere in Trump’s orbit:

QATAR OFF: President Trump took a sharp line on Qatar, calling for the country to funding of terror organizations — taking a much harsher tone and somewhat contradicting his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

CUBA COMING: President Trump is set to unveil a new Cuba policy next week in Miami.

HATCH A PROBLEM: Dan Scavino Jr., President Trump’s social media director, was found to have broken the Hatch Act and issued a formal warning for encouraging Trump’s allies to oust a Republican congressman.

GRASS BURNS: Sen. Chuck Grassley ripped the Trump administration on Friday for ignoring some oversight requests.

And there you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. Happy Friday.


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