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President Trump to face journalists in news conference following explosive Comey testimony

10 June 2017

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey said that President Donald Trump did not ask him to drop his probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 usa election.

But Mr Trump insisted during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis that Mr Comey lied in some parts of the testimony he gave to the Senate intelligence committee, and asserted that nothing in his testimony showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

He also said he did not ask Comey to drop his probe of Trump's former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned his post after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russian officials.

Trump's personal legal team, led by attorney Marc Kasowitz, is said to be focusing the complaint on Comey's disclosure during his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he asked a professor at Columbia University law school to pass on memos he wrote about his private interactions with Trump to a reporter.

However, Comey's blistering testimony painted Trump as a liar, with Comey charging that the Trump administration tried to defame him after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and noting that he kept diligent notes of his interactions with Trump because he didn't trust the President to tell the truth.

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"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden. But here is what we absolutely know unequivocally about this administration: nothing they say can ever be taken a face value. The former FBI director's testimony could also prompt an expansion of the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said Carole Rendon, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said that he would "absolutely" issue subpoenas for White House tapes, if it is determined they exist. Sen. Much of the legal controversy surrounding Trump - including whether he obstructed justice - relates to Comey and the conversations he had with the president.

Trump said Comey confirmed that there was "no collusion (and) no obstruction".

Kasowitz also suggested Comey should be prosecuted for leaking "privileged information".

President Donald Trump answers a question from the media, during a.

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

To hear more discussion about the Comey testimony on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

In his testimony on Thursday, Mr Comey said the memo whose contents he had a friend leak was not classified and therefore not inappropriate to make public.

"Whether it rises to criminality, I think there's significant doubts about whether it rises to that level", he said. Dershowitz went on to say that even if we don't like the President having that authority, he has that power and you can't turn a Constitutional power into a criminal act.

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