Sons of US President Donald Trump attack sacked FBI director James Comey over testimony video

US President Donald Trump has so far stayed off Twitter after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to a Senate panel, but his sons are refusing to keep quiet.

Donald Trump Jr tweeted repeatedly during the closely-watched hearing on Thursday (Friday NZ time), Comey's first public comment since his firing as FBI director and the investigation into Russia's meddling in the US Presidential election.

His brother, Eric, was more reserved, sharing others' posts about Comey's admission he leaked details about a conversation with Trump, after his sacking.

US President Donald Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr (left) and Eric Trump, who now run their father's business interests.
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US President Donald Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr (left) and Eric Trump, who now run their father's business interests.

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Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Live-tweeting the hearing, Trump Jr in particular seized on Comey's assertion that he interpreted the president's statement that he "hoped" the FBI would drop its probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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Trump Jr tweeted "you would think a guy like Comey" would know the difference between "hoping and telling".

He also cast doubt on all of Comey's testimony and said he should "have actually followed procedure".

Trump Jr and his brother are now at the helm of their father's New York-based businesses.

 - AP

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