Trump calls Comey a 'leaker'

"To any Democrat who wants to impeach President Trump because of Russian Federation, you're wrong". Comey has claimed that Trump had told him that he "hoped' he could let the Michael Flynn investigation go". The committee is seeking the materials by June 23. Of course, that was a foolish hope in the first place, since even if such evidence existed, Comey was never going to divulge it in an open Senate hearing. "Now is the time for a lot of hard spade work".

If that was an order, rather than a suggestion, Mr Trump may be vulnerable to the charge of obstruction of justice.

US President Donald Trump and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in a combination of file photos.

Read: Did James Comey Lie During Testimony?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence committee.

The White House has repeatedly tried to shift the focus away from the content of Comey's allegations and onto the manner of their release.

But the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says it's a question worth examining. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has requested the tapes.

Mr Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the president, in series of teases.

U.S. correspondent Richard Arnold told Mike Hosking Trump rejects those allegations. Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? Trump said "no" when asked if he demanded a loyalty pledge from Comey.

All of the major broadcast and cable news networks carried the hearing live, pre-empting regular programming and giving Comey's testimony the feel of a national event.

Mr Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

They told reporters to anticipate action from their end - in addition to floating interest in testimony from Jeh Johnson, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security under former President Barack Obama. And the list goes on.

Trump also seized on Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release memos he'd written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter.

"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", Trump said.

Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump last month, testified on Thursday that he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with the President.

Mr Comey's sacking is unlikely to provide the specific grounds for any impeachment of Mr Trump.

"Our job is to gather information and we'll let the American people determine", he said.

Beyond verification of what's been said, or tweeted, there are potential new angles to pursue. Richman confirmed Thursday that he was the friend Comey testified who had discussed the memos with the press. That could now become an issue, she said.

Trump reached out again as president, but Bharara says he refused to return the call, because he considered these contacts inappropriate.

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