Donald Trump calls Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he unceremoniously sacked a 'coward'

Comey admitted he leaked the information as part of the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement in US elections and the connections of the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Russian officials.

The US Secret Service has said it doesn't have any recordings or transcripts of any tapes recorded within President Donald Trump's White House, a disclosure that failed to rule out whether any tapes exist of Trump's conversations with ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Trump's admission comes a day after Comey testified publicly under oath in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee about a series of memos he'd released about his private interactions and conversations with the president.

Comey's claims in the memo have led to allegations from Democrats that Trump improperly interfered in the Flynn investigation and may have obstructed justice.

On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said "the president made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly ... when the president is ready to make it".

Earlier, a reporter asked about the president's tweet on Friday that said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

"I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", Trump said, referring to the tapes.

Mr Comey interpreted Mr Trump's "hope" as a direction but did not relay it to the agency, in the fear of it having a "chilling effect" on their work.

President Trump will reveal "next week" whether or not he has taped private conversations between himself and fired FBI Director James Comey, according to the president's legal team.

Donald Trump, Jr., son of President Donald Trump, attends the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 17, 2017. I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!', " Trump tweeted.

"I hardly know the man [Mr Comey]", he said. Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Barbara McQuade, former US attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Donald Trump's lawyer's threats against James Comey could backfire as witness intimidation. "There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping, '" Trump said.

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