Specifically, it revealed that Trump had asked Comey to “let go” the investigation of Flynn as part of a larger probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he publicly disclosed memos about his meeting with Trump because he felt the White House may deceive the public about the nature of the meetings and Comey’s firing.
In his short burst Friday, Trump summarized his private attorney Marc Kasowitz’s reaction Thursday to Comey’s testimony about the president.
Meanwhile, fellow Republicans have pressed Mr Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with Mr Comey and provide them to Congress if he does, or possibly face a subpoena.
As Comey visited with his elderly father at church in Allendale early Sunday, Trump tweeted that he believes “the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible”.
In nearly three hours of sworn testimony, Comey also said he orchestrated a leak to a New York Times reporter of a memo describing his conversations with Trump in the hope that it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
But legal experts disagree.
He hinted that there are no tapes of their conversations, contrary to a suggestion in a tweet he issued shortly after firing Comey.
Punching back a day after his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director’s damaging testimony, President Donald Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was “100 per cent” willing to testify under oath about their conversations. There’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping.’ You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey.
Mr Comey alleges that Mr Trump then privately asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Federation.
– Digging a legal hole?
The leaks created a political firestorm over whether Trump pressured Comey to drop an investigation into contacts between Russian officials and Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump’s national security advisor.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” “That’s not leaking”, said Comey Sr.
“Some of the things he said just weren’t true”, Trump said, adding he is “100 percent” willing to “speak under oath” to give his version of those events. “When [my father] tells you to do something, guess what, there’s no ambiguity in it”.
Another Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, told CBS he thought it would be “inappropriate for the president to testify publicly”.