Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

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Trump-james comey

Donald Trump Jr. appeared to confirm on Saturday that his father indeed suggested that former FBI Director James Comey should shut down the FBI's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?

Mr Comey also told senators that he had leaked details of his memos about his conversations with Mr Trump to a friend, who passed them on to a reporter.

During a joint press conference with the president of Romania, Trump was asked about Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Q Always fair. Mr. President, can we get back to James Comey's testimony. And, once again Trump said the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 was "just an excuse" for the Dems having lost the election.

"It's frustrating for me to want to help a man who I think will do big things no other Republican would do, like immigration", Graham added. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.

The showman and businessman in Trump that revels in ratings and branding and commoditizing was also on full display during Friday's press conference.

During the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey accused Mr Trump of lying to the American public when he sought to justify his dismissal as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Meanwhile, the Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives said today there was no question that Mr Trump abused his power in interactions with Mr Comey but she said it remained to be seen if he had obstructed justice.

In the testimony, Comey acknowledged Trump's tweets himself.

At the same time, Mr. Trump has said he feels vindicated by Comey's testimony.

Comey said he believed Trump's statement meant the president had directed him to drop an FBI investigation into Flynn's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey told the panel Thursday, emphasizing his belief that the president asked him to shut down the investigation.

Last week, the House of Representatives intelligence committee asked the White House counsel to specify if there are tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey.

Trump also denied asking Comey for a pledge of loyalty during one of a string of private meetings.

TRUMP: 100 percent. I didn't say...

"I'm not hinting at anything", Trump said, but then he teased, "You'll be very disappointed".

"There's no - 'Hey, I'm hoping - You and I are friends". The visit was the first for Iohannis at the Trump White House.

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