Comey recalled his interactions with President
"What Comey testified to today is outrageous," said Sen.
"Whether this irresponsible behavior rises to the level of obstruction of justice is a question for federal law enforcement under the direction of Special Counsel
Trump has said he never asked Comey to drop the investigation. During his testimony Comey said that was a lie. On multiple occasions he called Trump a "liar."
"His testimony was so cautious and careful, I can't count how many times he said "I could be wrong" to indicate where there might be doubt," said Blumenthal, who is not a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee but attended as an audience member. "But he was unequivocal in calling the president a liar. For a man of Jim Comey's stature ... that's pretty dramatic."
Murphy said Trump should be called to testify before Congress to share his side of the story. Though he acknowledged such a request is unlikely.
"It's highly unlikely the president of the United States is going to come before Congress ... but we only have one side of the story," he said.
The state Republican Party referred to a statement from the national GOP that said the testimony had proven that "President Trump is not under investigation, there's still no evidence of collusion and he did not hinder the investigations in any way." The party said Comey was trying to "save face with the American people" after being fired.
Comey's appearance was much-anticipated, with the four major broadcast networks carrying it live. But the testimony largely confirmed accounts that had already been reported by major newspapers and news networks and nothing Comey said is likely to close the partisan divide that has enveloped the Russia investigation once Trump campaign associates were reported to be part of the probe.
"There weren't a lot of signs today that Republicans were coming out of their trenches," Murphy said.
In an interview with WTNH-TV Thursday, former Sen.
Lieberman, who works at the New York City law firm that is representing Trump in the Russia investigation, also questioned whether the president had crossed a line in what he reportedly told Comey.
"From what we know so far, that's a hard case to make" for obstruction of justice, Lieberman said.
Jonathan Wharton, a political science professor at Southern Connecticut State University and former Capitol Hill staffer, said he expected additional information that senators heard in a closed session with Comey Thursday afternoon would soon become published.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there were leaks," he said. "I don't think this is over with. This is only the beginning."
Comey, 56, lived in Westport and worked as a top lawyer for Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, when he was tapped by President Barack Obama to run the FBI. Though he has amassed critics on both sides of the aisle, his former boss, Connecticut billionaire