In stunning public testimony Thursday, James Comey acknowledged arranging for a friend to leak details of a conversation Comey had with President Trump - the February 14 Oval Office encounter in which Trump said he hoped the FBI director could "drop" the bureau's investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey's contemporaneous notes. During his remarks, the former FBI Director accused Trump of being dishonest, The New York Times reports.
In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.
And the president said he would be happy to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller about those allegations, telling reporters, "I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you".
Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump in May, delivered a scathing indictment of the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing.
While Trump's staunchest supporters have tried to paint Comey's testimony as vindication for the president, few Republicans who don't work for Trump stepped in to defend the president's version of his contacts with Comey. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".
Specifically, the Wall Street Journal requested any information pertaining to all recording systems installed by the Secret Service or any other agency within the White House on or after November 8, 2017, as well as any recordings or transcripts of any recordings made after the inauguration within the White House. The two men met for the first time recently, at a summit where Trump blasted other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not paying their dues.
Iohannis offered support for Trump's position Friday, saying to Trump, "I'm very glad that due to your strong leadership North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chose to go against terrorism".
Trump also took a question about the United States' commitment to NATO, saying the U.S.is committed to Article 5, the NATO policy of "collective defense" - meaning, if one NATO country is attacked, it is considered an attack against all.
He promised to complete the probe "as quickly as we could" but would not say in public what he had assured Trump thrice in private that he personally was not under investigation to avoid a "J Edgar Hoover like situation". Now every Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in the country knows what Comey had hoped they would never learn.
But "so stunned" was he "by the conversation" that Comey didn't tell the newly-installed President that it was an "inappropriate request".
"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".
Asked by a reporter if he had told Comey to drop the investigations into former national security adviser Flynn, Trump said, "I didn't say that".
And it comes a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter that he would be appearing before the committee on Tuesday to answer questions raised by Comey's recent testimony.