Comey on Thursday told a Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in USA elections that Trump had asked him drop the case against Flynn in a one-on-one conversation in the Oval Office in February, the day after Flynn was sacked.
On the Russian Federation investigation, Comeysaid Trump privately mentioned "satellite" associates who may have been bad actors.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey told the panel Thursday, emphasizing his belief that the president asked him to shut down the investigation.
"I would be glad to tell [Robert Mueller] exactly what I told you", the president told reporters Friday during a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Trump's personal legal team, led by attorney Marc Kasowitz, is said to be focusing the complaint on Comey'sdisclosure 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. And even if Comey can't prove he was damaged by the charge, in defamation cases the harm is generally presumed in cases where the statement is libel (written defamation) rather than slander (spoken defamation). Trump told me, "I appreciate your loyalty", which was a weird comment to make to someone in the press who had not endorsed him.
"So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Comey said.
Trump also contested another key Comey claim: that Trump repeatedly asked him, at a January 27 dinner, to offer his personal "loyalty".
FOR three hours, former FBI Director James Comey leveled an unrelenting attack on the credibility of the president of the United States.
"I hardly know [Comey]".
Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday.
In short: Comey's a liar and Trump isn't. Comey'saccount of his dealings with President Trump was devastating, both legally and politically.
Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton's loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey.
And Trump? He held a pair of meetings Tuesday at the White House to go over his legislative agenda.
Republicans, pleased some seven months ago but who support Trump, may concur with the president's assessment of Comey as a "showboat". "He's a leaker. But we want to get back to running our great country", Trump said defiantly.
The Russia investigation is now being handled by a high-powered special prosecutor.
Trump vowed to drain the swamp in the nation's capital but instead muddied the waters by bringing in more political hacks, white nationalists and a cabal of advisers with suspicious ties to Russian Federation and other foreign governments. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey testified.
Earlier in the day on Twitter, the Republican president claimed "total and complete vindication".
Comey joked at a Senate hearing one week before his May 9 firing that he perhaps regretted picking up the phone when he was recruited for the Federal Bureau of Investigation job while living comfortably in CT.