Trump's defenders vs. Comey try to have it two ways

US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday invited US President Donald Trump to testify before the Senate about his interactions with former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) James Comey.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

On Comey coming out and boldly saying President Trump lied about him and the FBI, Durbin said "if the evidence was not so obvious, I would be shocked".

Comey said a decision was made not report to Sessions a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into Flynn, whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.

Earlier in the press conference, however, Trump said that Comey's testimony supported his assertion that he did not act improperly. Flynn was forced out after the Washington Post reported that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn's flurry of contacts during the presidential transition with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Comey said he wrote a memo immediately after the encounter because "I was honestly concerned that [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document".

Trump also denied asking Comey to pledge his loyalty.

During the joint White House news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump at times paused and teased reporters who had their hands up to pose a question.

On Thursday, Comey confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did write the memos, which he then turned over to his friend Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School to leak to the press.

As for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' upcoming Tuesday testimony on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Hume said he will have to "explain his role in the Comey firing".

He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time. Mr Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Ms Collins said.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

The way Comey described it, when the president gets you alone in the Oval Office, looks you in the eye and expresses his wishes, you understand you're being given an order.

Comey said in his testimony that he took the President's statement to be an inappropriate directive.

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