Why Donald Trump's Attempt to Go After James Comey Could Backfire

No collusion, no obstruction.

In his testimony, Comey recalled that during a private White House dinner on January 27, the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former top aide Flynn - who is under investigation over his Russian Federation ties - imploring Comey to "let this go".

"Maybe sometime in the future people will learn whether or not there were recordings of his conversation with Comey", Trump added.

"And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I read today".

But legal experts say it's impossible to find any obvious violation in Comey's behavior, arguing instead that Kasowitz's threat is more likely a meritless attempt to bully Comey - which could have unintended ramifications for Trump.

Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee asked on Friday for Comey's memos to be handed over, and separately sent a letter to the White House demanding any "recordings or memoranda" of conversations with Comey that Trump or the White House may or may not possess.

President Donald Trump welcomes Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis to the White House in Washington, Friday, June 9, 2017.

Comey was sacked May 9 and Trump tweeted May 12, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that.

Painter said he's never heard of a former government employee being investigated for sharing unclassified information, noting entire shelves could be filled with books written by former officials revealing the inner workings of the White House.

Comey has told the Senate hearing the content of his five private meetings and phone calls with Trump, saying the president had asked for "loyalty" and "hoped" that the Flynn probe would be dropped.

"Those activities taken together could well constitute obstruction of justice, though obviously that will be for Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, to determine", Paul Schiff Berman, a law professor at George Washington University, said.

White House ethics czar under President Barack Obama, said he is prepared to formally defend the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, should Kasowitz follow through on his threat to take legal action against Comey.

Earlier Trump broken his silence on Twitter, tweeting he'd been vindicated and derided Comey as a "leaker".

"How do you gain that back once it is lost, credibility?"

"I mentioned this", the Romanian President said, perhaps trying to be politic. The president's Republican defenders are still able to make four accurate points in his defense. "Go ahead, Jon", he said, gesturing toward Jonathan Karl, of ABC News. But as he is discovering in new and increasingly painful ways, things that work in the world of NY real estate often just won't fly in the nation's capital. The other was that he - James Comey - leaked the memos he wrote about his encounters with the president to the press, via a personal friend.

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Democrats are eager to take him up on that offer.

"We have in our country this insulation between law enforcement and the equal rule of law and political interference, and the president crossed that line", Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said.

Comey was testifying under oath, something that wasn't true of either Trump or his attorney (who released an error-riddled statement about Comey's testimony).

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