President Trump deflects questions about possible tapes of James Comey meeting

The biggest crisis of Donald Trump's short presidency came to a head on Tuesday as former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Coney gave a devastating testimony in the US Senate about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and obstruction of justice by Trump himself.

Furthermore, it appears that Comey has found himself in the very same trap he purportedly tried to set for Donald Trump. The president, through his attorney, denied ever having said this to Comey, but it's Comey's word against Trump's, and Trump's word is beyond worthless.

James Comey is a 30-year career law enforcement officer and prosecutor with a reputation as straight shooter. Comey said Trump didn't issue a direct order to Comey to release Flynn from the investigation, but "I took it as a direction".

Mr Lankford said Mr Sessions's testimony on Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Mr Comey's allegations, including Mr Sessions's presence at the White House in February when Mr Trump asked to speak to Mr Comey alone. "Those", said Comey, "were lies".

"No I didn't say that, " Trump stated abruptly, taking questions Friday at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden. While under oath, the former FBI director accused the White House of lying, the president of asking for his loyalty, pressuring him to drop an investigation and firing him because of the Russian Federation probe.

He promised to complete the probe "as quickly as we could" but would not say in public what he had assured Trump thrice in private that he personally was not under investigation to avoid a "J Edgar Hoover like situation".

In defiance of the president's tweets on the matter, Comey also confirmed his hope that there are tapes of the conversations.

Next to them, Comey was some combination of Captain America and Pope Francis for plain moral rectitude - sometimes even at his own expense, as when he admitted failing to push back forcefully enough against the president's misbehavior.

Comey wouldn't answer the question of whether he believed Trump committed obstruction of justice by attempting to shut down parts of the investigation.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

But in his long-awaited testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey told lawmakers he believed it was "inevitable" that Sessions would recuse himself from Russian Federation probe.

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.

Later, White House spokesman Sean Spicer responded to criticisms of Trump's speech saying they were "silly", and that Trump's presence at the summit proved his commitment.

The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to the report.

As a result of the leak, on May 11, The New York Times published an article with the eloquent title "In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty".

Trump, through his comments, has limited his lawyer's maneuvering room.

First, from the outset, and in his answers to senators, Comey highlighted the reality and the gravity of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. When Trump asked for his loyalty, he promised him his honesty, and then ultimately his "honest loyalty".

The more logical choice, if it's actually a serious case, would be a veteran Washington lawyer, like Trump's White House Counsel, Don McGahn.

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