Former FBI director Comey says White House spread 'lies, plain and simple'

In a press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday, Trump suggested that Comey lied under oath when he told the Senate Intelligence Committee about Trump's Flynn request.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said, according to the AP.

QUESTION: He did say under oath that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation, he could let go. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.

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

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". "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said during his testimony - a quote that quickly became a highlight of the hearing.

He also said that "100 percent" he would be willing to testify under oath to rebut Comey.

He asserted that nothing in Mr Comey's testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

"Comey is a leaker", Trump wrote on Twitter, adding the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director gave "false statements and lies" Thursday - which would be considered perjury as Comey was under oath.

Meanwhile, President Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz and members of the GOP focused on Comey's confirmation that the president was not under FBI investigation.

"One hundred per cent", Mr Trump said.

Since Comey's testimon, y a handful of Democratic lawmakers have called for the president to be asked to provide sworn testimony as part of the investigation into his ties with Russian Federation.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to Comey on Friday asking for any notes or memos of conversations he had with the president.

"Well, I didn't say that", Trump said.

REP. MARK MEADOWS, R-N.C.: I think it was actually a day that vindicated the president, when you have Director Comey three times saying that he wasn't under investigation.

When I hear the Flynn comments, you and I both know my father a long time.

He said he began writing memos after his meetings with Mr Trump because he was "honestly anxious he might lie".

Comey admitted he leaked the information as part of the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement in USA elections and the connections of the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Russian officials.

The committee want the material by 23 June.

Trump had threatened Comey on Twitter with "tapes" of their conversations when accounts of their talks had begun to appear in the media.

  • Leroy Wright