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Trump flatly denies Comey accusations, willing to respond under oath

12 June 2017

The high-stakes struggle between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey is our top story again tonight.

Asked by a reporter if he had told Comey to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former top aide Michael Flynn, Trump said, "I didn't say that".

Comey would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating the Russian Federation allegations, "to sort that out".

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he told the committee regarding whether Trump had recorded their conversation. "Who would do that?"

"I would be glad to tell [Robert Mueller] exactly what I told you", the president told reporters Friday during a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Columbia Law School's website became overburdened after Comey said he had asked a good friend who is a professor there to leak memos from his meeting with Trump to the media.

Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Adam Schiff, D-California, said they wrote to Comey requesting any notes or memoranda in his possession memorializing discussions Comey had with President Donald Trump.

The effort, however, would mark new territory in the ongoing battle between Trump and Comey, who on Thursday, during hours of explosive testimony, accused Trump of smearing with him "lies" and called Trump's comments to him about dropping an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a "disturbing thing, very concerning".

Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney, denied the president ever asked to stop the investigation. But early on Friday morning, the president struck back.

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Democrats are intent on determining whether Trump's actions amounted to obstruction of justice, while Republicans have zeroed in on Comey's admission he assured the president he was not personally an FBI investigation target.

The hearing unfolded amid intense political interest, and within a remarkable political context as Comey delivered detrimental testimony about the president who fired him, a president who won election only after Comey damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the campaign.

"Comey: Trump lied about reasons for firing", was one chyron on MSNBC. He said Trump told him he had "hope" that the then-director would "let Flynn go", and that he took the suggestion as a "direction".

She told reporters she didn't know whether Trump made tapes of his Oval Office conversations with Comey, as the president warned in a May 12 tweet.

He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign. "And I think it's frankly insulting that that question would be asked".

"Comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information. appears to be entirely retaliatory", Kasowitz said in the statement.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

The way the Q&A unfolded, it certainly sounded as if Trump said he's prepared to testify under oath, which would raise the stakes on the investigation considerably. It seems clear that Team Trump does not believe it can count on charitable interpretations of Comey's account to shield the president from obstruction of justice accusations.

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar", Sanders said. Comey told the Senate committee that he hoped the leak would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.