Trump accuses Comey of lying to Congress

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That's according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak ahead of the filing on condition that the person's name is not used.

Trump has a long history of threatening to file complaints and lawsuits and not following through. The White House has denied collusion with Moscow. Comey told senators he believed Trump fired him because of the Russian Federation investigation.

When asked whether the president has "tapes" of his conversation with Comey, as Trump suggested in his tweet, Lewandowski added that he doesn't know and Comey should still be anxious.

Pelosi is assessing the president this way: "I'm concerned about his fitness for office".

She says she believes part of the problem is a lack of shut-eye.

In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said he wanted to get his account of his conversations with Trump into the public sphere in the hope it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel, as later occurred, to oversee the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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"You're not obligated", he began, "but if the position of the president is that James Comey is up there telling lies to the American public, making up stories about conversations they had, and swearing in front of Congress that he's gonna tell the truth?" Susan Collins tells MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she found him "credible, candid and thorough".

Comey explained why he felt compelled to write detailed memos following his one-on-one meetings with the president, a practice he did not maintain during the three-and-a-half years he worked for Barack Obama. "Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers".

Trump's suggestion of a White House tape was the reason Comey asked a friend to leak one of those memos to a reporter, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

"Those were lies, plain and simple". Comey made a decision to call Trump's bluff and gave the memo documenting his February 14 meeting at the White House to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who then described its contents to a New York Times reporter.

The FBI is now investigating Trump's campaign team and his associates and whether they played any role in colluding with Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.

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Trump has been unusually silent on Twitter and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters Thursday about the testimony. He also said that any other explanations that have come from the White House were "lies, plain and simple", as Jessica reports.

On the Daily Show, Trevor Noah joked about the closed session that took place a few hours after Comey's testimony and was alluded to throughout the hearing. "I'm confident that, if that is the case, Director (Robert) Mueller (who has been appointed as counsellor to investigate the Russian links) will find that evidence", Comey said in response to a question.

Comey told a Senate committee Thursday that he believes Trump fired him over the Russian Federation probe, and he accused the White House of lying about the details of the dismissal.

"It's awfully curious that no one from the president's team will either confirm or deny the existence of the tapes", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Thursday.

Comey said he was sickened when Lynch "directed" him to call the Clinton probe a "matter" and not an "investigation".

Meanwhile Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "absolutely" has confidence in Sessions. But he delivered an explosive testimony that raises serious questions about Trump's future as president. He said they've gone so far to the left in terms of opposing him that "they're bad right now for the country". "I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying, 'I hope this.' I took it as, this is what he wants me to do".

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