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

In his first public remarks since the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump promised Friday that he will testify if asked - and said some of the things the former bureau chief said under oath weren't true.

Earlier in his press conference, Trump said he was "happy" with parts of Comey's testimony, including that the former FBI director said he had assured the president he wasn't personally under investigation regarding the Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides.

In the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9.

The committee also sent a letter to Mr Comey asking for any notes or memos about the discussions he had with Mr Trump before being abruptly fired last month.

Comey's high-profile testimony also has turned part of the spotlight on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be questioned about Russian Federation next week when he appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

Mr Trump denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into his former national security adviser to be dropped.

Comey also made a point that Trump had asked him multiple times to express "loyalty" to him. "I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel". "He [Comey]'s a leaker but we want to get back to running our great country".

Trump Jr. specifically said on the air, "When he tells you to do something, guess what?"

Trump called the controversy "just an excuse" by Democrats who had lost the presidential election.

Tapes could resolve the dispute, but Trump against refused to say whether they exist, telling reporters he would do so "maybe sometime in the very near future".

Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, did not make any major disclosures about any links between Trump or his associates and alleged Russian meddling.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication ... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

"It's hard to tell and that's why we need every iteration of information that's going to include Comey, if [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions testifies tomorrow, that's going to be essential, Robert Mueller's investigation", he said". "Think of that. I hardly know the man". Government officials, including those in the White House, regularly do so. Comey admitted to the leak during Senate testimony last week.

TRUMP: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon.

Accordingly, we ask that you provide the Committee copies of all memoranda you received from Mr. Comey by no later than June 9, 2017.

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