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How Trump responded to Comey calling him a liar

11 Juin 2017

Senior members of the House Intelligence Committee have requested the White House release any tapes containing audio of conversations between President Donald Trump and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Trump wrote earlier on Friday on Twitter that the former FBI head had vindicated him by telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president had not been personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

With a single tweet, Mr Trump also castigated Mr Comey for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet.

He also seized on Mr Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release contents of memos he had written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter. A person close to Trump's legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.

Friday, Trump said some of Comey's remarks were true and some weren't. "He is a good guy I hope you can let this go".

If the White House believed there were any rules prohibiting Comey from sharing his conversations with the president, they should have asserted that before his testimony, she said. But more to the point, if Comey were inclined to lie, he would have - and certainly could have - invented a far, far more damning story.

Questioned about Comey's central claim that Trump told him to lay off Flynn, the president responded: "I didn't say that". "And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that", he added.

Comey imagined that by offering Trump only "honest loyalty" during the dinner, he had diluted his demand.

The next month, Comey said, Trump insisted on clearing the Oval Office of witnesses for another session alone with him, at which the president expressed his desire that a politically damaging case against his just-fired national security adviser be made to go away.

Comey said he had done so after Trump suggested in a tweet that their conversations may have been recorded.

Trump calls Comey a 'leaker'
Mr Trump denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into his former national security adviser to be dropped. They sent a separate request to Trump's White House counsel, Don McGahn, for any record the White House had of their meetings.

The president reiterated his intention to disclose whether tapes exist of the meeting after a throng of reporters asked why he couldn't confirm or deny their existence immediately.

Not one senator from the Intelligence Committee has questioned Comey's memory or veracity. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr". The visit was the first for Iohannis at the Trump White House. Soon after the news conference, the House Intelligence Committee wrote to the White House to request copies, by June 23, of any recordings - "to the extent they exist now" - of conversations between Comey and Trump.

Instead, some supportive GOP lawmakers simply argued that Trump's action were a result of well-meaning inexperience or dedication to his aides.

In this February 11, 2014, file photo, then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: One hundred percent.

"It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed". Such an offence potentially could lead to Trump being impeached by Congress, although his fellow Republicans who control the Senate and House of Representatives have shown little appetite for such a move.

The leaders of the Senate judiciary's probe sent Richman the request Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday.

Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump in May, delivered a scathing indictment of the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing in which he accused Mr Trump of trying to block the investigation into Mr Flynn.

"Anyone who has ever worked with Jim as far as I know, certainly speaking for myself, holds him in incredibly high esteem", said Sharon McCarthy, who worked for him at the US attorney's office. "Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?"

Mr Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the Russian Federation probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice. "He's new at government", Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill as Comey's dramatic testimony unfolded.