House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events? "I would be glad to tell him exactly what i just told you, Jon", Trump answered.

The House Intelligence Committee has submitted two letters to the administration related to the Comey revelations surrounding his meetings with Trump: one to the Department of Justice's special counsel Robert Mueller for Comey's personal memos, and a second to White House counsel Don McGahn, requesting information on any possible "recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump".

Bharara said Trump's team also was aware that the memo issue would come up at the hearing, yet did not invoke executive power to prevent Comey from speaking about them. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey testified.

If President Trump did secretly record his private White House meetings, he didn't enlist the Secret Service to help. He painted Mr Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Mr Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate. "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '" Trump added. Who would do that?.

When Trump entered the Atlantic City casino market in the late 1970s, two of his partners were men he knew to have organized crime ties: Kenneth Shapiro, a bag man for the Philadelphia mob, and Daniel Sullivan, a Mafia associate and a labor negotiator.

"It is unusual for a president to be talking that way, and I think it is hard to say whether this rises to a level of obstruction of justice, but it is unusual and it is inappropriate", he said.

Trump took to Twitter early Friday to declare victory, denouncing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired as a liar and a "leaker" based on Comey's damaging testimony about their interactions.

That's a significant statement for Trump to make, given that Comey was testifying under oath.

Trump also criticized Democrats for being "obstructionists". "He's everything that's wrong in Washington", Lewandowski said.

Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday.

When a reporter asked about Comey, Trump again said he never asked for the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe to be dropped - an act that experts say could constitute an obstruction of justice.

And Comey admitted he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, betting - correctly - that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor. The key issue before the Senate was whether Trump had tried to obstruct the FBI investigation into his campaign's links with Russian Federation.

One challenge for Trump is that some 59 percent of Americans said in a recent Quinnipiac poll that he is not honest. The visit was the first for Iohannis at the Trump White House. Every one of them wanted to ask about the same thing: the testimony that the former F.B.I. director James Comey had given on Thursday.

Trump branded Comey a "leaker" for indirectly providing to reporters the contents of memos he wrote after their private conversations.

But the following morning he struck back in an early morning tweet: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", he wrote - suggesting Mr Comey had committed perjury.

"I can definitively say the president is not a liar", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said on Friday in response to a question about whether it is Trump or Comey who is lying.

But we might know if any tapes exist sooner rather than later. "So it appears that the president gave what amounts to an order to stop an investigation and when Comey didn't follow the order he was sacked".

Comey also spoke about Trump asking him for his loyalty, which the president denied Friday.

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