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

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Astana Expo 2017 exhibition in Astana Kazakstan Friday

US President Donald Trump has given his "100 per cent" commitment to tell his version of events under oath after former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testified before the Senate panel looking into alleged ties between the White House and Russian Federation.

"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you", Trump said. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said: "100 percent". "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games", McCain later said.

Former FBI director James Comey, center, leaving a closed hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Sen. Susan Collins says that while former FBI Director James Comey's testimony about his firing by President Trump was "thorough", there remains the possibility of "misinterpretation". He also denied he asked Comey for his loyalty, but quickly added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it".

Mr Comey had laid bare on Capitol Hill months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that President Trump had fired him for interfering with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

If they do, they asked that copies of the materials be provided to the panel by June 23.

Mr Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Mr Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information. Trump is moving aggressively to defend himself in the aftermath of James Comey’s testimony to the Senate.

Comey was unabashed about accusing Trump and his administration of telling "lies", and said he began the practice of immediately making notes after talking with the president because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie" about the conversations. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said.

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Meanwhile, in a publicity stunt, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered political asylum to Comey . "This is odd ", Putin said. She said it was inappropriate to fire Comey given that he was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

"I take the president at his word, that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", he said, referring to a statement by Trump in an NBC interview.

The president, who followed the advice of his lawyers to refrain from commenting Thursday, was characteristically pugnacious in his presentation Friday and opted mostly to deliver broadsides rather than address the details of Comey's testimony. He said he does not know, however, whether special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump now - and left little doubt that he hopes Mueller is doing just that. Any such recordings could prove which man's account is accurate, but the president played coy - saying he would wait "a fairly short period of time" to tell the public whether any tapes exist, as he first suggested they might in May.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible", Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

Comey said during his testimony that he asked a friend to release contents of the memos he'd written about his conversations with the president to a reporter. And today, congressional Republicans are "actively supporting the investigation of Donald Trump", he said.

During the press conference, Trump declined to answer questions from reporters about whether recordings existed.

US intelligence agencies have concluded definitively that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to try to influence its outcome in Trump's favor.

The former Alabama senator was an early supporter of Donald Trump, and Sessions' contacts during the campaign with Russia's ambassador to the United States have raised questions.

On one subject, Comey confirmed that the president is being truthful: Comey did tell him three times that he was not personally under investigation.


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