I would speak under oath on Comey

Yet the President's eldest son appeared to back up Mr Comey's version of their conversation.

President Donald Trump said Friday he is willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey and accused the latter of being untruthful during his testimony in Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Trump's plan has been in the works for months, led by his daughter Ivanka Trump, adviser Reed Cordish, and Trump's secretaries of labor, education and commerce.The White House was mum on the precise details of Trump's plan to expand apprenticeships ahead of his unveiling it in a speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday.

Comey would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating the Russian Federation allegations, "to sort that out". "Remember how nice you used to be before I ran?"

He said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

But Comey also claims to have contemporaneous notes documenting the conversation, which he has provided to special counsel Robert Mueller - notes that shift the balance in Comey's favour.

"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things he said just weren't true", Mr Trump said.

Trump is widely expected to use his Twitter account, which lists 31.8 million followers, to counterpunch at Comey on Thursday - perhaps even in real time.

Earlier in the week the president had been spoiling for a fight with Comey, but he was persuaded by Kasowitz and his senior aides to stay cool and lie low, according to about a dozen White House officials and other Republicans close to Trump, some of whom spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal strategy.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Pundits and legal experts have been divided on whether Trump's actions rose to the level of obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense, while Comey said that decision was now in the hands of Mueller, who is also a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Former FBI Director James Comey's self-serving testimony against President Trump at the Senate hearing failed to shed any more light on his investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal during the Obama administration.

"The real issue is whether the president has a reasonable expectation of confidentiality when he fires somebody and then lies about the circumstances in which he did that, and that strikes me as a matter in which to ask that question is also to answer it", Wittes said. I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man.

Trump also denied asking Comey for a pledge of loyalty.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey told the panel Thursday, emphasizing his belief that the president asked him to shut down the investigation. Comey noticed when the President was trying to hug him and when he was putting his future as F.B.I. director in question.

A senior White House official later had said the United States does in fact support Article 5 simply by agreeing to the terms of the charter.

It is also impairing US business activities in the region and bringing about humanitarian consequences, he said.

Iohannis spoke of Trump's remarks last month about some members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not spending enough of defense, saying he liked the USA president's speech on the matter.

  • Leroy Wright