Senators sound calls to release Comey 'tapes' as Trump attacks 'cowardly' leak

Mr Comey, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, said the president pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

President Donald Trump on Friday claimed "total and complete vindication" after ousted FBI Director James Comey said he was not personally under investigation in a probe into Russian interference in last year's USA election.

Karl then asked if the president if he's willing to "speak under oath to give your version of these events?"

According to the report, the complaint will focus on Comey's testimony that he shared memos about his conversations with Trump with a friend, whom he also asked to pass the information to a reporter.

"I didn't say that", Trump said at a joint press conference alongside the president of Romania.

"Those were lies, plain and simple", Mr Comey said in his opening remarks ahead of the three-hour inquiry.

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. He's a leaker", Trump said of Comey.

President Donald Trump once again dodged a question as to whether he taped conversations with FBI Director James Comey, as he had suggested in a tweet shortly after sacking him.

"I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I told you", the president said.

Comey kept detailed notes of all his meetings with Trump because he was "concerned he might lie" about them afterwards. However, Comey didn't say that the president's words were part of an effort to obstruct his investigation.

A Trump testimony would potentially clear up numerous lingering mysteries from Comey's testimony - such as whether Trump actually has tapes of their conversations. "He is a good guy I hope you can let this go".

Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication" following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.

"I think we could work out a way it could be dignified, public, with questions, with Leader McConnell", Schumer said on CBS' "Face the Nation," referring to the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.

Mr Comey says Mr Trump fired him because of his Russian Federation inquiry.

"Well, I didn't say that", Trump said. "Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?" he said. Comey merely testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI.

Last week, the House of Representatives intelligence committee asked the White House counsel to specify if there are tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey.

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