US President Donald Trump struck Friday against James Comey, accusing the FBI director of lying about their private conversations – and saying that he was "100 percent" ready to testify under oath .
Comey gave a bitter testimony a day earlier in a much-anticipated Senate hearing, saying that Trump sought to investigate the National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, at best, a political miscalculation and , At worst, a criminal hindrance to justice.
Trump was addressing journalists at the White House for the first time since the explosive appearance of Comey, in which he called the president a liar and stated that he Believed that he had been sent back for manipulation of the FBI probe against electoral interference in Russia
"Yesterday, showed no collusion, no obstruction," Trump said in reference to the twin controversies threatening his administration – accusations of his assistants colluded with the effort of the Russia to tilt the vote and that it sought to block the associated Flynn probe.
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"Some things that he said are not true," added the president, who – when asked if he would be ready to speak under oath before special prosecutor Robert Mueller About the encounters – replied: "100 Percent."
"I would be happy to tell him exactly what I have just told you," said Trump.
The White House seized Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally questioned about his ties with Russia to declare a sort of victory.
The Republican president resumed Twitter at the beginning of the day, affirming "a total and complete justification".
The Trump administration also pointed out the fact that Comey has ceased to accuse the president of obstructing justice – a potentially helpless offense. The former FBI chief said the decision was now in the hands of special adviser Mueller.
When asked about Comey's central claim that Trump told him to dismiss Flynn, the president replied, "I did not say that."
"And there would be nothing wrong if I said, according to everyone I read today."
Over nearly three hours of statement Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was described as "dizzy" by Trump's "very worrying" and "very worrying" behavior toward him.
Detail from one person to another speaks with a sitting chair – which, under normal circumstances, is private – Comey said that he was taking notes of fearful labor. Trump could "lie" about unusual encounters.
And Comey admitted that he asked a friend to flee these notes to a reporter, pleading correctly that the details would incite the appointment of a special attorney.
Comey said that he had done it after Trump suggested in a tweet that their conversations may have been recorded.
Trump rejected when asked if the tapes of his interviews with Comey actually exist.
"I will tell you this perhaps in the very near future," he said.
Meanwhile, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, who also probed the interference of Russian elections, wrote Comey asking that his notes commemorate his conversations with Trump.
They wrote separately White House attorney Don McGahn asking if the records exist and, if so, that they be produced before the committee by June 23.
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Experts and legal experts have been divided as to whether Trump's actions have reached the level of obstruction of justice, a potentially helpless offense.
But while the Republicans generally continued to support the president, some began to openly question and criticize his actions.
"It was clear that the president asked Mr. Comey to do inappropriate action, and it was to drop the investigation of General Michael Flynn," said Senator Susan Collins at CNN.
"He crossed a limit that the president would not have crossed".
Bob Inglis, a former Republican MP who voted to indict Bill Clinton in 1998, suggested that Trump could be particularly hot.
"Yes, I was on the judiciary Cmte who accused Clinton / sent him for trial in the Senate for less serious matters than those that are before us now," frankly wrote Inglis Friday.
In his testimony, Comey recalled that at a private White House dinner on January 27, the president asked him to "loyal" and dismiss his former senior Flynn official – who is under Investigating his Russian bonds – imploring Comy to "let go".
"I did not say that," Trump said on Friday, before heading to his New Jersey golf club in Bedminster, where he will spend the weekend. "I hardly know the man. I will not say:" I want you to promise allegiance. "
Trump brutally dismissed Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 9, admitting later that the Russian probe was leading at the time.
Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said spectators should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony As "big business".
Legislators will have another chance to hear a senior government official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he testifies on Tuesday before the Senate's Appropriations Committee.