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Donald Trump accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Donald Trump accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russian Federation investigation.

"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added the president who, when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about his version of the encounters, Trump responded: "100 per cent".

But the president's son also appeared to corroborate Comey's depiction of an Oval Office meeting in which Trump asked the then-director to call off the investigation into Flynn's links to Russian Federation and Turkey, an interaction Comey noted in a personal memo.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden with the visiting president of Romania, Mr Trump rejected Mr Comey's claims.

"We want to be able to get his side of it", Republican senator James Lankford said. "No, I didn't say that".

The president also denied having asked for a pledge of loyalty, as Comey asserted during Thursday's much-anticipated testimony.

On Thursday, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee under oath that the president told him during a meeting, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".




Meanwhile, President Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz and members of the GOP focused on Comey's confirmation that the president was not under FBI investigation.

Reporter: So he lied about that?
Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate. "I'm not going to say, "I want you to pledge allegiance".

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 usa elections a year ago.

"The president said he is going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told ABC's "This Week". "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter".

The U.S. President has insinuated that there are recordings of their conversations.

Trump's assertion came after he branded Comey as a "leaker" and claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony before a Senate Committee. "I'll tell you about it over a short period of time".

Comey kept detailed notes of all his meetings with Trump because he was "concerned he might lie" about them afterwards.


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