Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

"And he should voluntarily turn them over".

Collins said that she supported issuing a subpoena to obtain the tapes if they exist, but noted that it would probably come from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an independent investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, rather than from the Senate intelligence panel.

Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russian Federation probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.

"My common sense told me, he's looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job, ' said Mr Comey". "There's no ambiguity in it", Trump Jr. said on Fox News" "Justice with Judge Jeanine".

"Comey testified last week that the President, in a private conversation with Comey, asked the FBI boss to let go the agency's investigation into Mike Flynn, Trump's ousted national security adviser". PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I didn't say that.

Trump Jr.'s appearance highlights a major legal risk for President Trump, who is now insisting that Comey committed perjury in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a "friend" identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.

Trump and his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, have denied Comey is telling the truth about his one-on-one conversations with Trump. Regardless, she said, Trump was "certainly wrong" to say what Comey said he had about the Flynn investigation. When asked if the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was lying then, the president said, "Well, I didn't say that".

"This is an issue the president should have cleared up in his press conference", said Ms. Collins, Maine Republican, told CNN's "State of the Union".

Collins on Sunday said that Trump needs to set the record straight. "But he should. I'm not excusing his behavior".

  • Larry Hoffman