Donald Trump says James Comey's 'leaks' are more prevalent

Comey said he wanted the information to become public "because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel" in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and he did not share it himself because that could prompt reporters to camp out near his home, hoping to get even more information.

Meanwhile, a congressional panel asked for any tapes of their conversations.

Comey also said Trump asked him in January to pledge loyalty to the president, an unusual request that would put in doubt the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Comey on Thursday told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was sacked by Trump in May over his handling of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The committee also sent a letter to Mr Comey asking for any notes or memos in his possession about the discussions he had with Mr Trump before being abruptly fired last month.

The White House and First Family are hard at work spinning the latest news out of James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which Donald Trump says both fully vindicates him of any wrongdoing and proves that Comey is a liar.

Trump made the assertion during a joint press conference with the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, in the White House Rose Garden, at which reporters questioned Trump about Comey's testimony a day earlier.

Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russian Federation probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.

Heated exchange between Sen. Wyden, Attorney General Sessions
On Tuesday, Attorney General Sessions insisted his response to Franken, when viewed in context, was accurate. He has acknowledged two meetings a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak .

"Nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him", he said. I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that.

"Who would do that?". Pirro has always been a go-to interviewer for the president and his allies when they need a sympathetic cable news host who will enthusiastically agree with them and not ask any hard questions. "It doesn't make sense". He also admitted that he talked to Trump on numerous occasions after that alleged request and that Trump never asked him about it again.

Last week, Trump said at a news conference "you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", to the question of whether Trump had "tapes", adding "don't worry". When he tells you to do something, guess what? "I'm not hinting anything".

The committee want the material by 23 June.

Media captionWho is behind the projections on the Trump Hotel?

Speculation over the tapes is rooted in a particularly cryptic tweet from the USA president issued nearly a month ago, seeming to suggest he might hold recordings of the conversations.

Mr Comey did not confirm that he believed he was sacked to prevent the investigation, but he said accusations that the FBI was in disarray were "lies, plain and simple".

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