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" "Trump calls Comey "leaks" of memos "'cowardly'"

Under oath Thursday, Comey repeatedly called Trump a liar - Trump responded Friday by saying Comey was a liar.

Earlier this week Mr Comey gave evidence before a US Senate hearing about Mr Trump and his alleged links with Russian Federation.

Comey's testimony was the most eagerly anticipated United States congressional hearing in years.

He said Trump asked for his "loyalty", when he was FBI director, and asked him to drop a bureau investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Almost 20 million USA television viewers tuned in to the explosive testimony.

US President Donald Trump at a media conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting president of Romania Klaus Iohannis. "And some of the things that he said just weren't true", he added.

The existence of recordings of the conversations has become more important now that Trump and Comey are at odds on key points of the narrative.

Comey said he did not know whether the circumstances of his firing, and Trump's overall behavior toward him, would be considered obstruction of justice. "Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey".

"Who would do that?".

Comey, on the other hand, said during his Senate Intel Comittee testimony "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", so there seems to be some confusion between the two men over who would benefit from audio of their talks leaking. "So, I don't think a subpoena should be necessary, and I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all".

"I hardly know [Comey]. It doesn't make sense".

Trump had raised the possibility that his conversations with Comey were recorded in a May 12 tweet he sent several days after he fired him. Are you kidding me? "I'm not hinting anything". The White House later redacted that reason entirely.

The committee want the material by 23 June.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House last month about such tapes.

Mr Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Mr Trump about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.

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 in several of their meetings.

Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication" following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.



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