Trump on Comey accusation: 'I didn't say that'

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's testimony under oath before Congress on Thursday contained statements that weren't true.

Trump has continuously denied allegations that he had asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

Discussing the meeting in which Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Democratic Sen.

Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them - and asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice. "But I did not say that".

"No collusion, no obstruction".

And Comey admitted that he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, correctly betting that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor.

"There's some jobs where the controversy would not be a benefit, but that's why I see him ending up in a place where he can be himself", said Evan Barr, a former federal prosecutor in New York City who worked under Comey in the us attorney's office. The White House announced late Thursday that Trump would be holding a press conference with Iohannis.

Wallace pointed out that Comey confirmed Trump was never the target of any FBI investigation, and he didn't accuse him of any obstruction of justice.

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In the most eagerly anticipated U.S. 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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had previously asked Comey to provide those memos, but said it did not receive them.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one". I hardly know the man. In one memo, Comey says Trump cleared the room before encouraging Comey to end an investigation into Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Comey's testimony neither exonerated nor convicted the president, instead laying out a road map of questions for Mueller to follow about Trump's conduct, a path it could take Mueller months, even years, to follow. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she didn't know whether or not recordings existed but that she would "try to look under the couches."

Another Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, told CBS he thought it would be "inappropriate for the president to testify publicly".

"I would be fine with issuing a subpoena, but that most likely would come from the special counsel's office", Collins told CNN.

"Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader", he charged.

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