Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Trump: I didn't say that. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction". Comey said he took Trump's words not as just a "hope" but as a "direction" from the highest official in the land - an order he was not about to obey.

Mr Comey also said Mr Trump asked him in January to pledge loyalty to the president, an unusual request that would put in doubt the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

During an interview with Fox News, Donald Trump Jr expressed disbelief that Mr Comey felt "threatened" by his conversation with the President before he was sacked.

Trump dodged questions at a news conference about whether, as he's hinted, the conversations with Comey were taped.

He added, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker", referring to the former director's admission that he had orchestrated the leak of the contents of a memo detailing Oval Office discussions with the president to The New York Times through a friend. Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m.

On Friday an angry Trump said Comey "lied" and that he was "100 per cent" prepared to be interviewed by Mueller in any probe.

MARTIN: To review all of this, we called NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro.

A New York Times reporter was relegated to the back row of a White House press conference on Friday, one day after fired FBI Director James Comey said a bombshell report about Russian Federation by the major newspaper was "not true".

Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of The Trump Organization, announces that the company is launching a new hotel chain June 5 in NY. Before that, he spoke at the Transportation Department about his plan for improving the country's roads and bridges. The bigger picture: the Trump campaign was under investigation and Trump happens to be the head and at the top of his campaign. Trump's personal lawyer, however, seemed to deny that account on Thursday.

But the self-imposed silence didn't last. Comey also said the president "hoped" the then-FBI director would pledge him his loyalty. Republicans as well as Democrats will conclude that the president is incompetent, that his word can not be trusted, that he does not respect the laws and norms of the constitutional system, and that those around him either share each of those traits or act as if they shared them.

"They forget that the taping system was there, so they have these conversations totally forgetting that they were recording themselves having them", she told McClatchy.

The probe was also looking at ties between Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Moscow.

Comey also revealed that he'd orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.

The attorney is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general about the revelation next week, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak before the filing on condition that the person's name is not used.

Trump did say that he and others were happy with the results of the testimony.

At the same time, Trump reiterated statements made this morning in his Twitter account that the testimony provided yesterday by Comey in the Senate showed that there was no obstruction of justice or collusion between his team and Russian Federation in the 2016 elections. The objective of the call was to have Comey publicly announce that Trump wasn't personally being investigated. "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you".

Mr Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Mr Trump about Mr Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.

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