Comey: I kept records on Trump because I thought he might 'lie'

He said the president had pressured him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Mr Trump fired for misleading the White House over contacts with Moscow's ambassador.

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.

When a reporter asked about Comey, Trump again said he never asked for the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe to be dropped - an act that experts say could constitute an obstruction of justice.

"I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?".

Mr Trump's team seized on Mr Comey's unexpected admission that he leaked details of private Oval Office conversations to the media.

QUESTION: He did say under oath that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation, he could let go.

Numerous times, Comey dispensed with the euphemisms and straight-out called Donald Trump a liar, not the kind of language usually heard on Capital Hill. He also admitted that he had leaked to the press memos describing his talks with Trump, saying he hoped the stories would spur the appointment of a special counsel to take over the investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?

Trump appeared with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who he met with on Friday after his appearance at the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said during his testimony - a quote that quickly became a highlight of the hearing. Trump said "no" when asked if he demanded a loyalty pledge from Comey.

Trump also seized on Comey's revelation that after Trump fired him in May, he had given one of his memos about his interactions with the president to a friend to leak to the press. I will tell you about it over a very short period of time. OK?

President Donald Trump on Friday accused James Comey of lying to Congress about the contents of their private meetings in the weeks before he sacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief - and said he'd be willing to testify under oath about it. The House intelligence committee said Friday it requested an answer from the White House counsel by June 23.

"I hardly know the man".

"One hundred percent", Trump said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony.

Mr Comey also revealed that he had orchestrated the release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.

  • Larry Hoffman