Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Former FBI director James Comey testifies at the Senate intelligence committee hearing on Thursday

"I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.

Comey's testimony on Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee was "a pretty powerful statement" in support of an obstruction investigation, said Harvard University law professor Mark Tushnet, a legal history expert.

Trump then went on to talk about recordings of these conversations, in response to a questions, that he had first suggested in a tweet after firing Comey. Trump has said he believes Comey requested the dinner, but both Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper say otherwise. "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance'". Who would do that?.

"I think he's proven himself to be a liar in all of this". I hardly know that man. "It doesn't make sense".

Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The President's son said the family was "vindicated" after the Comey testimony as what he said was "basically ridiculous" and that Mr Comey had never been asked to drop the Russian Federation investigation.

In addition, Variety reported Friday that CNN Digital's live stream of Comey's testimony generated 3.9 million live starts, ranking in the top 10 of all days on record for live stream starts, according to data provided by the network.

"I thought it shows a lot of cowardice", Dershowitz said.

"His goal is to manipulate media, manipulate the press". But, she said, he was wrong to leak his notes to the public and should have given that document to her panel.

Trump fired Comey after the latter continued to move forward with the investigation against Flynn and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe.

"I've never ever heard of a former employee being investigated by the United States government for leaking non-classified information", Painter said.

The Trump team's insistence that Comey violated the president's privilege raises the question of exactly what privilege may have shielded Trump's discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

President Donald Trump gestures during the Infrastructure Summit with Governors and Mayors at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017.

Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.

President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, has made it official. And despite the implication of Kasowitz's statement on Thursday, executive privilege does not grant the president a right to cloak all of his conversations in secrecy - if it did, there wouldn't be bookshelves full of the memoirs of ex presidential advisers.

Burr said the committee would seek a closed session with those men "probably next week".

During much of the increasingly heated debate surrounding the FBI's investigation of Russia's role in the election, Trump has chafed over news leaks, arguing that news organizations had not given them proper attention.

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