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'100 per cent' willing to testify over James Comey conversations: Donald Trump

'100 per cent' willing to testify over James Comey conversations: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump at a media conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting president of Romania Klaus Iohannis.

"I didn't say under oath - I hardly know the man", the president said about Comey.

"He then said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Senator Dick Durbin said it was not only a awful day for President Trump, but for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Comey appeared not to trust with information.

Comey told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show "loyalty", to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation. There would be "nothing wrong if I did say" something regarding Flynn, Trump said "according to everybody I read today". The President fired Mr Comey last month.

Comey repeatedly refused to say in the Senate hearing Thursday whether he thought Trump had obstructed justice.

"Well, I didn't say that. And some of the things that he said just weren't true".

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the Trump administration's characterizations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his work there as a justification for his firing were "lies, plain and simple". Asked if he had taped their conversations, as he implied in a threatening tweet shortly after he fired Comey, Trump said he would reveal that answer soon.

During the news conference on Friday, ABC News' Jonathan Karl asked Trump to clarify his response to Comey's testimony.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I didn't say that.

Trump didn't answer a question Friday about whether he had recorded his conversations with Comey.

But, in the meantime, no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker.

DAVID BOYER, WASHINGTON TIMES: This morning on Twitter you were referring to the testimony of James Comey vindicating you.

The Senate group requested the memos from Professor Daniel Richman, the friend Comey gave his notes to, and the House group requested any memos still in Comey's possession.

During his almost two-and-a-half hours of testimony, Comey said Trump asked him for a pledge of loyalty, as well as urged him to "see a way out of" the FBI investigation into Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador.

He also said the testimony confirmed that Mr Trump was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian political meddling.

Trump: Over a very short period of time.