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Fact check: Trump tweets he was 'vindicated' by Comey testimony - not quite

10 June 2017

Trump also said he would be willing to speak to Robert Mueller, special counsel appointed by the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Neil Cavuto pointed out that Trump's request for a private dinner with Comey raised some people's eyebrows, but Bondi said it makes sense that the new president would want to meet with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While under oath, the former FBI director accused the White House of lying, the president of asking for his loyalty, pressuring him to drop an investigation and firing him because of the Russian Federation probe.

Trump raised the possibility he might have recorded his conversations with Comey last month when the president tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations".

The president also said Comey confirmed a lot of what Trump had claimed about their interactions, though he says other parts of Comey's testimony "just weren't true".

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Trump, who seemed to revel in the suspense he was building, asked again about the tapes told the reporter,"Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

"My judgement was, I need to get that out into the public square", Comey said. "But I didn't say that".

Trump: Well, I didn't say that.

The ploy worked. The Russia investigation is now being handled by a high-powered special prosecutor.

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Trump says he's willing to speak with the special counsel investigating Russian government efforts to meddle in the 2016 USA election.

Speculation over the tapes is rooted in a particularly cryptic tweet from the United States president issued nearly a month ago, seeming to suggest he might hold recordings of the conversations.

"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said.

The showman and businessman in Trump that revels in ratings and branding and commoditizing was also on full display during Friday's press conference.

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"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!", Trump posted. Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m. He did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn - you said you hoped the Flynn investigation, you could let - he could let go. "He's everything that's wrong in Washington", Lewandowski said.

Fact check: Trump tweets he was 'vindicated' by Comey testimony - not quite