Donald Trump calls Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he unceremoniously sacked a 'coward'

US President Donald Trump has attacked the leak of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's memo of their conversations as "cowardly" and says the act could have legal consequences.

"They're very unusual phone calls and, sort of, when I've been reading the stories about how the president has been contacting Jim Comey over time, feel a little bit like déjà vu", Bharara said. He did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let -PRESIDENT TRUMP: I didn't say that.

Trump said he is "100 percent" willing to "speak under oath" to give his version of those events.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the president in a series of teases. He also admitted that he talked to Trump on numerous occasions after that alleged request and that Trump never asked him about it again.

In his opening statement to Congress, Mr Comey said the President told him: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee is formally asking the White House whether it possesses any "recordings or memoranda" of Trump's conversations with Comey.

Comey said in his testimony that he took the President's statement to be an inappropriate directive. America's top national security officials can also offer supporting evidence for Comey's narrative, as Trump reportedly encouraged them to have a word with Comey on Flynn's behalf. "I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance", Trump said.

Trump tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'

"I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I told you", the president said.

Sessions has recused himself from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the US.

Mr Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president. If Comey felt that was inappropriate, he should have said something right then and there.

Trump answered reporters' questions with brevity. The president said during the news conference that he would comment about it in the "near future", but clarified he was not hinting anything.

Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.

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