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Comey says Trump's lying, Trump says Comey's lying

10 June 2017

"I was also confused by the initial explanation that was offered publicly, that I was sacked because of the decisions I had made during the election year", Comey said.

Questioned about Comey's central claim that Trump told him to drop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Trump responded: "I didn't say that".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I'm not hinting anything.

Mr Trump, who refrained from tweeting as Mr Comey accused the administration of spreading "lies", struck back with an early morning tweet on Friday.

QUESTION: So, he said those things under oath. Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate. I mean, think of it.

Comey: I was sacked to derail Russian Federation probe
He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations in his sworn testimony. Trump made no reference to James Comey in his remarks to the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual gathering.

Mr Comey testified that he had given a memo, including details about a conversation with President Trump, to a friend - who was later identified as law professor Daniel Richman.

The noncommittal response leaves the door open to White House tapes, something that legal experts say would fall within the purview of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling and the Trump campaign's potential role.

Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Trump replied: "100 percent".

He also claimed that Mr Comey's comments to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The leaks referred to, which the president's personal lawyer is aiming to have investigated, are the release of memos made by Comey that documented his unusually frequent conversations with the president.

Top Intelligence Officials Mum on Interactions With President
The Justice Department on May 17 appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation. Coats also responded to one question about the reports by saying he would answer questions during a closed hearing.

The way the Q&A unfolded, it certainly sounded as if Trump said he's prepared to testify under oath, which would raise the stakes on the investigation considerably.

The committee's chairman, Rep. Mike Conaway Texas, and the ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, have asked White House Counsel Don McGahn whether any such tapes or memos exist now, or had existed in the past, according to The Associated Press.

With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey, who he fired in May, for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet.

Pressed on the attorney general's "interactions with the Russians or his behavior with regard to the investigation", Comey said Sessions "was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons".

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Comey says Trump's lying, Trump says Comey's lying