Trump dodges tapes question, denies seeking Comey 'loyalty'

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Trump was also asked about Comey's testimony and the supposed tapes the following day during his joint press conference with the president of Romania.

During his Congressional briefing organised by the powerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, Comey confessed that he leaked the information about his interaction with the u.s. president. To many Democrats, Comey appeared to be describing a clear case of obstruction of justice by President Trump.

After Comey was sacked, he asked his trusted friend to share one of his memoranda with the New York Times so the government may be pushed to assign a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign-Russia connection. This ended speculation that began immediately after Comey admitted under oath he had leaked the memo containing his account of conversations between himself and President Donald Trump.

"I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '" Trump said.

Trump said Friday that he was "very, very happy" with Comey's testimony.

FOR three hours, former FBI Director James Comey leveled an unrelenting attack on the credibility of the president of the United States.

Comey testified that while he was FBI director, Trump was not under investigation by the FBI - not in a criminal investigation, and not in a counter-intelligence investigation, which, in Comey's words, "tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents" or "covertly acting as an agent" of a hostile foreign nation, or "targeted for recruitment".

Trump made the remarks while responding to questions on Comey's explosive testimony in which he accused the president of trying to stop a probe into the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections a year ago.

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If either Trump's testimony or memos written by Comey about his conversations with the president turn out to be untrue, either man could be charged with lying to federal investigators.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey had committed perjury.

Although Trump has not been deposed by special counsel Mueller, his most recent remarks may open that up as a possibility as the investigation moves forward.

The ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice. The president and his aides have complained about leaks, purportedly from the intelligence community, throughout the investigations by the FBI and Congress into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections and the Trump campaign's contact with Russian officials.

"I'll tell you about that maybe in the very near future", he said. Think of it: I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense. He said Trump pressured him to drop a Russia-related probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and fired him when that didn't happen.

At one point he practically dared Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect the president once alluded to in a tweet.

The Trump administration has also highlighted the fact Comey stopped short of accusing the president of obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him. Mueller's current appointment authority doesn't cover investigation of the FBI or its former director. Comey might get no relief there, of course, since the current leadership in both the House and the Senate seems prepared to ignore or excuse anything the president does. "Of this comment Serratore writes: "'We had that thing.' Once more, the seducer asserts a shared intimacy that was not really there, attempting to ensnare his victim with an imputed complicity".