US President Donald Trump willing to respond under oath

Comey also said the president "hoped" the then-FBI director would pledge him his loyalty. And when Sessions wrote a letter that Trump used to justify firing the F.B.I. director, was he, as Senator Ron Wyden, of OR, asked on Thursday, violating the terms of his recusal?

Republican Senator Susan Collins called on Sunday for Trump to "voluntarily turn them over" to the Senate Intelligence Committee and to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, investigating possible collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation. Trump himself provided the basis for Comey's position.

The statement had Washington buzzing as it disclosed that Comey began documenting his talks with Trump after their first encounter at Trump Tower on January 6.

Trump tweeted that "the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

When asked if he thought Trump was trying to obstruct justice or simply trying to help Flynn save face, Comey said, "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".

"I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case", he said. "I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter".

Comey's carefully crafted memos are laden with contemporaneously recorded details and verbatim quotes that could easily lay down a path for investigators, and already have been turned over to Mueller.

But Trump's denunciations of Comey have only fueled demands that the president - who has denied asking for loyalty or urging that the investigation be shelved ─ give his account under oath. (How convenient.) At the same time, Comey acknowledged that Trump said he should investigate whether any of his associates (Trump called them satellites) did anything illegal or improper.

Collins said that if the tapes exist, Trump should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, but also to the special counsel.

"I will tell you I didn't say that", Trump said at his press conference.

The president, in Sunday morning tweets as the TV talk shows began, also criticized familiar targets including the mainstream news media and Democrats. But she has slowly been raising her profile at the White House, including joining the president when foreign leaders and their spouses visit, co-hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll and holding some solo events.

Legal analysts assume that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, the independent special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation probe, has now branched out to see whether Trump has interfered in any illegal way. Comey said he felt he needed to pay attention and was too stunned to react to the "hope" comment.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

Trump's acts constitute probable cause that he engaged in obstruction of justice. In the end, a special counsel was appointed.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 8, 2017.

The President shouldn't require tutoring on the basics of obstruction of justice. But he says it's discomfiting for a president to be in private communication with top prosecutors.

Now that's she's at the White House full time, pressure will build for her to be seen more and to do more. But Comey kept all of this information closely held until he was sacked and never tried to challenge the president directly in these conversations.

  • Larry Hoffman