Mr Comey also has said Mr Sessions did not respond when he complained he did not “want to get time alone with the president again”.
The president and Iohannis first spoke of cooperation between the two countries in fighting terrorism, but the conference quickly turned to the Russian Federation investigation when Trump opened the gathering for questions.
Trump, of course, has hinted that he has recordings of his conversations with Comey – but refuses to confirm whether such recordings exist.
He asserted that nothing in Comey’s testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.
At a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump reiterated that he felt vindicated by Comey’s testimony before a Senate committee yesterday but also said that Comey lied in characterizing conversations between the two. “Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?” he said.
In an angry early-morning tweet from his New Jersey golf club, the embattled president questioned Comey’s character and whether he had broken the law in revealing their conversations.
But Trump’s denunciations of Comey have only fueled demands that the president – who has denied asking for loyalty or urging that the investigation be shelved – give his account under oath.
The president said Friday that he would discuss the existence of tapes in the “very near future”, but predicted that reporters would be “disappointed”. On Friday, the leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee’s investigation said they had asked Comey for his notes and memos about his discussions with Trump, and asked the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey.
Either you believe that former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey is a Boy Scout who makes Opie Taylor look like a snot-nose juvenile delinquent or you believe that Comey is a shrewd, calculating political insider who, like just about everybody else in Washington, looks out more than anything else for himself.
A person close to Mr Trump’s legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.
On Sunday night’s “Last Week Tonight”, host John Oliver speculated that James Comey knows a lot more about President Donald Trump’s relations to Russian Federation than he let on at last week’s Senate testimony.
He also accused Qatar, a key US military partner, of funding terrorism “at a very high level”, and said solving the problem in the tiny Persian Gulf nation could be “the beginning of the end of terrorism”. He has also accused the president of lying, attempting to cover up an FBI investigation and demanding loyalty from Comey.
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.
Bob Inglis, a Republican former congressman who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998, suggested Trump might be in particularly hot water. Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m.
The House intelligence committee sent a letter to the White House demanding it inform the panel whether any tapes exist and turn them over by June 23. He derisively repeated the “leaker” moniker when speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden. “Some of the things that he said just weren’t true”. Clearly Trump waived his right to invoke privilege over his discussions with Comey by blabbing incoherently and nearly non-stop about why he fired him. “I mean, I will tell you, I didn’t say that”, Trump replied.