US President Donald Trump smiles as he arrives for rally along side the Ohio River at the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati. Photo: Reuters/John Sommers II

Donald Trump’s private lawyer said the president felt “totally vindicated” by explosive testimony from a former FBI chief on Wednesday – the same account opponents believe demonstrates an obstruction of justice.

In a statement, Marc Kasowitz said Trump was “pleased” that ex-FBI director James Comey “has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the president was not under investigation in any Russian probe.”

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In written testimony, submitted ahead of what is expected to be a blockbuster appearance on Thursday, Comey said Trump demanded the “loyalty” of his one-time FBI director and urged him to shelve a sensitive investigation.

“The president feels completely and totally vindicated.  He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda,” said Kasowitz.

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