Trump lawyer denies president asked for loyalty

President Trump’s lawyer said in a statement on Thursday that the testimony from former FBI director James Comey confirms what Comey told the president privately about whether or not he was being investigated.

In a statement Thursday, Marc Kasowitz also said that the president did not pressure Comey into dropping the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“Consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey ‘let Flynn go,’” Kasowitz said in the statement, which contained several typographical errors.


Kasowitz also said Trump never demanded loyalty from Comey.

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“The President also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’ in form or substance,” he said in the statement.

Kasowitz also chastised Comey for leaking his memos, saying that Trump “will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether [these] leaks should be investigated.”

The statement was released shortly after the conclusion of Comey’s testimony on Thursday. The former FBI director testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his dismissal as well as his conversations with Trump.

Kasowitz reiterated the points in his statement during an appearance before reporters Thursday afternoon, but did not take questions.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.