Trump calls ex-FBI director Comey a 'leaker' after testimony

Such a grand jury investigation and presentation would necessarily require the appointment of a second "special counsel" or the creation of a new independent prosecutor to avoid any interaction and conflict with the Justice Department, which nominally directs and controls the current Robert Mueller-led investigation under existing law. The White House and Russian Federation deny any collusion occurred.

Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee asked on Friday for Comey's memos to be handed over, and separately sent a letter to the White House demanding any "recordings or memoranda" of conversations with Comey that Trump or the White House may or may not possess.

Earlier on Thursday, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

Trump said he never asked Comey for his "loyalty" and did not suggest that he halt the FBI's investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Trump fired on February 13. While Trump maintained he did not ask Comey to let the FBI's investigation into Flynn go, he told reporters "there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I didn't say that. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '"Trump said".

In written testimony released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Comey quoted Trump as telling him the Russian Federation investigation was a "cloud" impairing his ability to operate as president.

The leaders of the House Russia investigation, Reps.

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Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief on May 9, setting off a political firestorm, and he has since called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander". It doesn't mean that every memory he has is exactly right or that there aren't different interpretations. "And my judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square", Comey said.

This was the essence of Comey's testimony: that the president of the United States is, at his core, a dishonest and untrustworthy man.

Then-candidate Trump excoriated Comey last summer for deciding not to prosecute Clinton over her handling of government emails, then praised him when he reopened the issue in October just days before the election.

"No collusion, no obstruction", the president said under a broiling sun, gazing at senior members of his Cabinet and White House staff perched on folding chairs in the grass. US law enforcement officials said Comey had discussed his testimony with Mueller's investigative team to ensure it did not interfere with the special counsel's probe.

Ever since James Comey's written testimony came out on Wednesday, the only thing Donald Trump has repeatedly zeroed in on is feeling "vindicated" about Comey confirming that he personally wasn't under investigation.

Trump replied: "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

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