Many in GOP unshaken by Comey's testimony against Trump

In his sole tweet on Comey's testimony to date, Trump had called Comey a "leaker" for passing memos of one-on-one talks with Trump to a lawyer who then provided them to a reporter, also saying he felt Comey's words amounted to "total and complete vindication". The friend was later identified as Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School. "But I did not say that".

Mr Comey has been asked to provide any notes or memoranda related to discussions with President Donald Trump, to the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the election. Before Karl could ask his question, Trump started musing aloud. "I'm going to open an investigation against you" - that's clearly witness intimidation, and that itself is obstruction of justice", Painter said.

Mr Trump's legal team says the president's conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director were subject to executive privilege.

A former prosecutor, Mueller stepped into the role as President George W. Bush's FBI Director just days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

President Donald Trump on Friday accused James Comey of lying to Congress. So, I think there has to be an investigation. Last week, Comey testified that Trump pressuring him to go easy on Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn was "a very disturbing thing, [and] very concerning".

Comey was asked about the tweet during his testimony on Thursday, and he made it pretty clear he didn't know if any tapes actually exist but that he'd love it if they did.

Republicans, pleased some seven months ago but who support Trump, may concur with the president's assessment of Comey as a "showboat".

Mr. Trump is meeting with Iohannis at 1:45 p.m., and the joint press conference is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m.

The former FBI leader told the Senate that Trump was not - at the time - personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe, confirming what Trump wrote in his May 9 letter dismissing Comey. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said. Trump said he was the victim of the "fake news" media.

The Justice Department is adamant Sessions recommended Comey be fired for "effectiveness of his leadership", not the Russian Federation investigation.

Why would the president be so eager to see the investigation finished - as he has made clear he is?

A member of Trump's legal team, Jay Sekulow, told ABC on Sunday that Trump would "address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week". A Trump Organization spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment about Trump Jr.'s travels to Romania.

The President last formally took questions on May 18, when he held a bilateral news conference - similar to the one that will happen Friday - with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

A US president is given a wide array of immunities from criminal prosecutions.

"The people in this room, who give money to the Republican Party and who are focused on helping get Republicans elected, they do it because they believe in an agenda", Spencer Zwick, House Speaker Paul Ryan's fundraising chief, said in an interview. He won his Electoral College majority by carrying a number of hotly contested states in the industrial Midwest, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

  • Larry Hoffman