Trump and aides turn their fire on former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey

Former FBI DIrector James Comey prepares to testify

Former FBI DIrector James Comey prepares to testify

Lieu was referring to reports that Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file a complaint with the Justice Department over Comey's leaking of memorandums about his conversations with the president.

Trump also denied that he asked Comey for a loyalty pledge, asking "who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?"

He said he began writing memos after his meetings with Mr Trump because he was "honestly anxious he might lie". "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?"

Asked directly if Trump would answer a call from NATO on Article 5, the clause of the treaty that states that an attack on one NATO state should be responded to as an attack on all NATO states, Trump said "yes, absolutely". Comey said that Trump asked him specifically whether he could drop the investigation with respect to Flynn, the former national security adviser whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.

Trump broke his silence on Friday on Comey's testimony, saying the former FBI head had in fact vindicated him by telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president had not been personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. And there would be nothing wrong if I did say that according to everybody that I've read today. Breaking his silence on Comey for the first time since the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director testified, Mr. Trump on Friday morning tweeted.

Earlier this week Mr Comey gave evidence before a US Senate hearing about Mr Trump and his alleged links with Russian Federation. "I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"Do we ever go back and say, how about paying the money from many many years past?" said Trump.

"No collusion. No obstruction". When pressed, Trump said he would be willing to testify under oath "100%" but after answering the ABC question, Trump thanked the press corps and ended the conference, returning to the White House.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

"I think he abused power", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past. The friend was later identified as Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School. "No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other".

"One-hundred percent", Trump said.

Standing with the president of Romania, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.

If there are no records or tapes, the outcome of the saga may hinge on which individual's statements - Mr Trump's or Mr Comey's - are found to have more validity.

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