Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump accuses ex-FBI chief Comey of lying


Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he came away from the February meeting with the impression that Trump was ordering him to drop the ongoing investigation into ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn and his links to Moscow.

Trump wrote earlier on Friday on Twitter that the former FBI head had vindicated him by telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president had not been personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

Trump also accused the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director of saying things that "just weren't true" in his testimony but added that Comey also "confirmed a lot of what I said".

At a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis Friday, Trump said that Comey's statements "just weren't true".

House and Senate investigators have now fired off requests for both Mr Comey's memos and any recordings the White House kept of his private meetings with President Trump.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". There's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping.' You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey.

"Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump said on Twitter.

"I didn't say that", Trump said emphatically Friday.

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The president's personal lawyer on Thursday denied that Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. Trump later contradicted his own staff and acknowledged on May 11 he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe.

During his Congressional briefing organised by the powerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, Comey confessed that he leaked the information about his interaction with the United States president.

TRUMP: 100%. I didn't say under oath - I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance.

Republican politicians have called on the US President to release any of the alleged recordings of the conversations, after Mr Comey made an explosive testimony to the senate last week revealing details of his sacking. "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '" Trump added.

Trump and Comey, who Trump fired on May 9, are now trading charges on who is a liar.

The president had previewed his attacks against Mr Comey in an early-morning tweet that broke his previous day's silence on his favorite social media megaphone.

Iohannis spoke of Trump's remarks last month about some members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not spending enough of defense, saying he liked the US president's speech on the matter.

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