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".
House passes bill to undo Dodd-Frank financial rules
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) called the passage of the bill "disgraceful" on Friday, while U.S. Democrats have warned the Republican counter bill would jeopardize financial sector oversight.
Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.
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.
The President last formally took questions on May 18, when he held a bilateral news conference - similar to the one that will happen Friday - with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Theresa May pledges a new government based on 'certainty'
DUP leader Arlene Foster has said her party is entering into discussions with Theresa May about forming a new government . May fell short of the eight seats needed and will now have to rely on the DUP's 10 MPs to pass legislation.
"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.
Another arrest in London attack as third attacker is named
The second attacker was named as 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, who police said claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. The prosecutor said Italy had lacked the evidence to prosecute Zaghba, but had warned Britain about him.
He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations in his sworn testimony.