Donald Trump urged to come clean over alleged James Comey recordings

President Donald Trump's counsel has just two weeks to hand over, if they exist at all, recorded "tapes" of conversations Trump had with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to the House panel probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

On Friday an angry Trump said Comey "lied" and that he was "100 per cent" prepared to be interviewed by Mueller in any probe.

Echoing his attorneys and aides, Trump said the ex-FBI chief vindicated his claim that Comey told him on three occasions he was not under investigation over possible collusion with Russians who attempted to interfere with last year's election.

They asked McGahn to inform the committee whether any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with Trump exist, or have existed in the past.

But that's apparently not going to stop Kasowitz from filing a complaint with the Justice Department Inspector General and the Senate judiciary committee according to CNN.

Several Republican politicians also criticised Mr Comey for disclosing memos he had written in the aftermath of his private conversations with Mr Trump and branded the leaks "inappropriate". "He's a leaker", Trump said of Comey.

"I know what I'm doing".

Mr Comey delivered scathing testimony a day earlier in a highly anticipated Senate hearing, saying Mr Trump had sought to derail a probe into one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn - at best, a political miscalculation, and at worst a criminal obstruction of justice.

"If the White House's account differs from what we heard today, the American people deserve to hear the president's side of the story in a similar forum-under oath and open to the press", he said in the statement. He suggested that it might amount to the crime of obstruction of justice. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.

Comey said he took this as a highly improper attempt by Trump to shut down the Flynn investigation.

In that testimony, Comey said that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not a target of the FBI probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties. The request comes as part of the committee's own investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The president wrote on social media: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker".

The role of the media in promoting this hysterical campaign, whose logical outcome is war between the world's two largest nuclear powers, was underscored at the press conference by ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, the only major media representative called on by Trump.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal". "The question is going to be whether they find evidence of intent".

Following Comey's testimony, "it is important that I have the opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote to Shelby, who chairs the US Senate appropriations panel he was scheduled to address.

But that's not what Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News on Saturday.

  • Zachary Reyes