Trump's first press conference since Comey hearing


I want to get back to James Comey's testimony.

"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you", Trump said. He accused Mr Trump of trying to block the investigation into fired National Security advisor Michael Flynn.

Trump used Friday's news conference with the president of Romania in the White House Rose Garden - to refute Comey's allegations - point by point.

As for Trump's tweet attack on Comey, Pelosi said no one at the White House appears to be "brave enough" to tell the president that his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office you serve".

We'll also hear from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a top Trump critic, who said after the testimony that "the cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker".

Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication" following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.

"And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I read today, but I did not say that".

Mr Comey has been asked to provide any notes or memoranda related to discussions with President Donald Trump, to the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the election.

TRUMP: No, he did not. Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate.

So apparently, Trump would give his version of events under oath.

"I hardly know the man", Trump said on Friday.

Trump added that, "You're going to be very disappointed" with his answer - not saying either way whether the tapes existed or not. What would do that? If he knew Comey well, Trump presumably would not have to ask for loyalty.

"I didn't say that". After complaining about "the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news", Trump called on Jonathan Karl of ABC. And, once again Trump said the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 was "just an excuse" for the Dems having lost the election.

For those who remember the statesmanship some key politicians showed the last time a president did battle with our democratic institutions, the naked partisanship of the early response to Trump's dishonesty was profoundly disheartening.

Comey told the Senate panel he would urge the release of any recording of his conversations with the president. "That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the electoral college, as you know", the president said.

Mr Kasowitz said yesterday following the hearing that Mr Comey could be investigated for leaking information, and suggested he may have lied in his sworn Senate testimony.

"In the meantime, no collusion, no obstruction".

Trump and aides referenced those comments in claiming vindication, but some officials said Comey's statements that Trump leaned on him to drop the Russian Federation investigation could add up to obstruction of justice. We are doing really well.