Donald Trump Jr. appears to contradict father's account of private Comey meeting

US President Donald Trump punched back Friday against James Comey, accusing the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director of lying about their private conversations - and saying he is "100 percent" willing to testify under oath.

Republican Representative Mike Conaway and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said they had also written to Don McGahn, the White House counsel, and asked him whether White House recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with Trump exist.

While Comey has generally had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice, I was disappointed to hear that at the moment of truth with our new President, Mr. Comey failed to do his duty - speak truth to power. 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.

Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of The Trump Organization, announces that the company is launching a new hotel chain June 5 in NY.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders also defended Trump, responding to Comey's assertion that the president had repeatedly lied.

"When he tells you to do something, guess what, there's no ambiguity in it", Trump Jr. said of his father.

Flynn is one of several Trump advisors whose names have surfaced in the broader probe of contact between Trump's campaign and Russians during last year's presidential election.

Mr Trump tweeted that the leaks were "cowardly".

He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning". Legal experts and pundits say that, along with the firing of Comey itself, could amount to obstruction of justice.

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". "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance'".

His lawyer said the President "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr Comey stop investigating anyone".

"That didn't make sense to me for a whole bunch of reasons, including the time and all the water that had gone under the bridge since those hard decisions that had to be made", Comey said.

  • Leroy Wright