Sons of US President Donald Trump attack sacked FBI director James Comey over testimony
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.
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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.
1/3 Flynn stuff is BS in context 2 guys talking about a guy they both know well. I hear "I hope nothing happens but you have to do your job"— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
2/3 very far from any kind of coercion or influence and certainly not obstruction!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
3/3 Knowing my father for 39 years when he "orders or tells" you to do something there is no ambiguity, you will know exactly what he means— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
Trump Jr tweeted "you would think a guy like Comey" would know the difference between "hoping and telling".
Hoping and telling are two very different things, you would think that a guy like Comey would know that. #givemeabreak— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
He also cast doubt on all of Comey's testimony and said he should "have actually followed procedure".
So if he was a "Stronger guy" he might have actually followed procedure & the law? You were the director of the FBI, who are you kidding?😂— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
Once again he's right way before anyone else sees it... and they found another leaker today. https://t.co/IskdUimuMV— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2017
Trump Jr and his brother are now at the helm of their father's New York-based businesses.