Donald Trump claims 'total vindication' after James Comey accused him of lies

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US President Donald Trump on Friday denied multiple allegations leveled by former FBI Director James Comey, saying he was prepared to testify under oath to give his version of events.

The president's public statements were the first since Comey testified Thursday, accusing Trump of asking him to "let go" of the FBI's Michael Flynn investigation and lift the "cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey on Thursday told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was sacked by Trump in May over his handling of alleged Russian meddling in the United States election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, responding to Trump's statement last week that he would "100%" speak under oath about the Comey affair, said he would like the president to testify in public before the Senate.

During a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday, when the president was asked if tapes exist of his private conversations with Comey, he told reporters they'll be "disappointed" with his answer. "Think of that. I hardly know the man".

When asked when that will be, the president said, "A fairly short period of time". This is arguably the most moonwalking-ass administration ever in the history of president-ing, so I don't believe anything that the president says. That is a crime, not unlike obstruction of justice.

Before anyone gets too excited, it's worth remembering that Trump has also made promises to release his taxes, and he has so far given no indication that he plans to actually do it.

Karl asked, referring to Comey.

President Trump accused Comey of lying, though his lawyer said it would be up to Special Counsel Mueller to pursue perjury charges.

Comey had laid bare on Capitol Hill months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. The latter testified that Trump urged him to ease off the probe around Flynn, but the U.S. president said that was something he did not do.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director testified that he kept notes on his meetings with the president because he was concerned Trump might lie about the nature of their conversations.

'I mean, George, you know, we've all been concerned about leaks and here he was the source of that leak, ' he added.

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump tweeted, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!". "Those were lies, plain and simple", Comey said.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said his committee is now focusing on verifying Comey's testimony.

But Trump refused to answer.

The divide between President Donald Trump and the mainstream media over his conduct in office continues to be a gulf in terms of perception.

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