Trump on Comey accusation: 'I didn't say that'

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Comey also said that he believed the president had fired him because of the Russian Federation probe, told "lies" about his record at the bureau and sought to redirect the probe away from former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Congress wants to know if President Trump taped his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". I did not say that.

He also slammed the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as a "leaker"-a reference to Comey's revelation before Congress that he had allowed a close friend to disclose memos chronicling his meetings with the president to the press in hopes they would lead to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin".

Comey testified he arranged after his firing to surreptitiously share with the New York Times details drawn from one unclassified memo he wrote summarizing Trump's description to him of a "cloud" over his presidency and his hope that the FBI would let the Flynn investigation "go".

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A House panel led by Reps. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into Flynn, his former national security adviser, as an order coming from the president.

A few days after Comey was sacked, Trump warned via Twitter that "Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

A reporter asked Trump why he feels "vindicated" by Comey's Senate testimony, and asked about whether the president has tapes of his interactions, as Trump has previously suggested.

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"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said of his conversations with Trump.

Trump concluded his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony.

"I will tell you about it over a fairly short period of time", he said.

Trump and his personal attorney have corroborated some of Comey recollections, but disputed that account.

On Thursday, Comey confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did write the memos, which he then turned over to his friend Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School to leak to the press.

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He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations in his sworn testimony.

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