Trump took to Twitter on Friday to slam Comey as a "leaker", but ignored the scathing testimony by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who was sacked in early May, that Trump had tried to derail a probe into his onetime national security advisor - at best, a political miscalculation by a tradition-shredding president, and at worst, a criminal obstruction of justice.
"I can't confirm what may have been provided in a classified setting, but with a third meeting, even without it, what we have is a pattern of contacts with the Russians by (Michael) Flynn, by Sessions, by (Jared) Kushner - secret and then concealed", the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront" on Thursday.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has concerns about President Donald Trump's "fitness for office" - and thinks he needs more sleep. "And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that", he said. He also blasted Comey as "a leaker".
"I know I should've said this earlier, but it's obvious - if any Americans were part of helping the Russians do that to us, that is a very big deal. Who would do that?"
The former FBI director, in prepared remarks released Wednesday, said he told Trump three times that he was not personally under investigation, testimony that Republicans trumpeted as the day's most important news.
House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to brush off the conclusion as Trump being new to the White House, but Sen.
The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey "let Flynn go." .
"No collusion, no obstruction".
"I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, Comey said".
Congressional investigators from the House and Senate are also conducting their own probes. "The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle", Comey said.
Tapes could resolve the dispute, but Trump against refused to say whether they exist, telling reporters he would do so "maybe sometime in the very near future". "You considered it to be somehow your own personal document that you could share with the media as you wanted to through a friend", asks Blunt.
"I can definitely say the president is not a liar", said White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry.
At Thursday's hearing, the following statement by Mr. Comey was, in my view, the most devastating evidence that the president obstructed justice in the Flynn investigation. The Senate judiciary committee, meanwhile, sent a request to Daniel Richman for Comey's memos.
"If there are tapes, we will get them", Risch said.
The president also recirculated another defence of his actions posted on Twitter by Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus who has advised the Trump team on Middle Eastern policy.