Trump accuses Comey of felony perjury in congressional testimony

"I hope you can let this go", Comey reported the president as saying in a February 14 meeting.Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, disputed both statements after Thursday's hearing, essentially pitting the two accounts against each other.Asked on Friday which version she would believe, Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said it was possible Comey misremembered or misinterpreted some of their exchanges.

Trump's offer to testify under oath would pit his word against Comey's before federal investigators.

QUESTION: Are there tapes, sir?

And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't.

The committee also sent a letter to Mr Comey, asking for any notes or memoranda in his possession that would describe discussions he had with Mr Trump.

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.

Almost 20 million U.S. television viewers tuned in to the explosive testimony.

US President Donald Trump at a media conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting president of Romania Klaus Iohannis. "That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the electoral college, as you know", the president said.

'I hardly know the man.

However Mr Comey said during the Senate Committee: "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" in reference to proof of his claims.

"Who would do that?"

We'll also hear from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a top Trump critic, who said after the testimony that "the cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker". I mean think of it. I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense'.

After Trump warned on Twitter that he may have "tapes" of that conversation, Comey passed along the memo to a friend at Columbia Law School.

"You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said", Karl said, referring to a tweet Trump posted Friday morning.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I'm not hinting anything.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen.

"We've obviously pressed the White House", he told AP.

Media captionWho is behind the projections on the Trump Hotel?

He also said the testimony confirmed that Mr Trump was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian political meddling.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted he believes the Comey leaks will be "far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

  • Leroy Wright