Trump won't say if tapes of Comey conversations exist

Comey on Thursday told a Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in United States elections that Trump had asked him drop the case against Flynn in a one-on-one conversation in the Oval Office in February, the day after Flynn was sacked.

President Trump is asked about tapes of conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey and his opinion of Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

The former FBI director also revealed that he had turned over memos about his conversations with Trump to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller, who was assigned to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. He's a leaker, but we want to get back to running our great country.

Speaking at the White House, he denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into a former White House aide to be dropped. He also said that would be "100%" willing to be questioned under oath.

"And some of the things that he said just weren't true", Mr Trump said, lashing out at Mr Comey and branding him a "leaker" for indirectly providing to reporters the contents of memos summarising their private conversations before he was sacked. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Friday they've written to Mr Comey. He accused Mr Trump of trying to block the investigation into fired National Security advisor Michael Flynn.

"Today we reaffirm and celebrate our strategic partnership that began more than 20 years ago", Trump said.

When pressed on the matter, Trump said: "Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future". When asked if the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was lying then, the president said, "Well, I didn't say that". He testified that Trump invited him to a private dinner at the White House on January 27, where the president said, "I need loyalty".

But Trump continued to tease whether there were recordings of his conversations with Comey.

Comey said he felt it was necessary to take notes on his meetings and conversations with Trump because he feared the president would lie about what took place.

"You are going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", he said a bit cryptically. "I'll tell you about it over a short period of time".

Mr Comey also revealed that he was confused as to why he had been dismissed during an ongoing investigation into the President's and his team's alleged links with Russian Federation before and after the election.

  • Larry Hoffman