If there are any Trump-Comey tapes, Congress wants them

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was cut off mid-speech during his remarks at Thursday's Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual conference in Washington D.C. and it was all caught on video.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's.

"We have to build those numbers up because we're just not going to get votes" from Democrats, he said.

John Malcolm, a deputy assistant attorney general during the George W. Bush presidency, said there could be an argument that Trump's actions, as described by Comey, were an "implied threat".

The reporter then asked, "So he lied about that?"

"I didn't say that", Trump insisted Friday, before heading to his New Jersey golf club in Bedminster where he will spend the weekend. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that", Trump replied.

But, the President added, "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that".

"It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications", Kasowitz said during Thursday's press conference.

"I hardly know the man".

"As long as I'm president, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or preaching what is in your heart, " he said. "Who would do that?"

Comey's testimony, at a hugely anticipated hearing that captured the country's attention, provided a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship. The issue of the Trump election campaign's relationship with Russian Federation has dogged Trump's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the USA healthcare system and making tax cuts.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which is also probing Russian election meddling, wrote Comey requesting his notes memorializing his conversations with Trump. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said, "100 percent". "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said.

"To protect those jobs and the sovereignty and freedom of the United States, I followed through on my promise to withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Trump said, leaving the podium to accept the applause.

Trump, in his first tweet since the Comey testimony, said Friday morning: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication". But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.

Trump's offer to testify under oath would pit his word against Comey's before federal investigators.

During his Congressional briefing organised by the powerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, Comey confessed that he leaked the information about his interaction with the USA president.

  • Rogelio Becker