Trump says Comey cleared him. He didn't

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When asked whether the president would be willing to speak under oath to his version of those events, Trump said, "100 percent".

Trump issued a threat to former FBI Director James Comey in early May, warning that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

In the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9.

Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.

Mr Trump tweeted: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

Stating that Trump had never tried to pressure Comey into ending the probe into Flynn's behavior, Kasowitz added, "The president also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance".

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 United States elections a year ago.

"I hardly know the man; I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance-who would do that?"

"When he tells you to do something, guess what?"

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!".

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said".

The Russia investigation is now being handled by a high-powered special prosecutor. He hinted that reporters would be "disappointed" in the answer.

The showman and businessman in Trump that revels in ratings and branding and commoditizing was also on full display during Friday's press conference. "Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers".

US President Donald Trump has given his "100 per cent" commitment to tell his version of events under oath after former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testified before the Senate panel looking into alleged ties between the White House and Russian Federation. "So, I don't think a subpoena should be necessary, and I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all". In his Friday remarks, Trump, who is known to have recorded conversations as a businessman, did not deny their existence.

But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened clouds hanging over the White House.

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