Trump partially denies Comey's testimony, mum on existence of recordings

"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate.

At the time, the FBI was investigating Flynn for his contacts with Russians and possibly lying to government investigators about them.

"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added Mr Trump who, when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about the encounters, responded: "100 per cent".

Comey also spoke about Trump asking him for his loyalty, which the president denied Friday.

Comey delivered congressional testimony on Thursday that Trump asked the FBI chief to end an investigation into a top aide and demanded a pledge of loyalty - claims disputed by Trump.

His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was "between opportunities" vastly understates the career prospects now available to him - not to mention potential benefits from the public's fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties.

This transpired to not be accurate. The White House later redacted that reason entirely. "We are doing really well", he said.

Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. It is likely that he will answer questions about the committee's investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. It did not mention his meetings with Kislyak.

It is not clear how much of these contacts he disclosed during subsequent discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The president's reckless barb is certain to escalate the conflict between the two men.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he did not share classified material.

He was offered to give testimony in exchange for immunity from criminal prosecution. Comey himself said he had deflected Trump "in kind of a cowardly way" on a March 30 phone call by not telling him forthrightly he wouldn't say publicly, as Trump wanted him do, that he wasn't under investigation.

Lee also said he had concerns about Comey's decision to give memos about his conversations with Trump to a friend, who shared them with The New York Times.

He asserted that nothing in Mr Comey's testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

The FBI is investigating General Michael Flynn.

Speculation over the tapes is rooted in a particularly cryptic tweet from the U.S. president issued nearly a month ago, seeming to suggest he might hold recordings of the conversations. "I'm not going to judge him on that, because I don't think that's what he meant", he continued.

Mr. Trump's newly hired attorney, Marc Kasowitz, returned fire.

Senator Angus King, a member of the Intelligence Committee, said committee staff will interview Kushner. Mr Trump wrote at 6.10am. It's reported that meeting was held with the express goal of establishing back channels of communications.

When applying for security clearance at the White House, Mr Kushner did not disclose this meeting as he was legally obliged to do.

Sergei Kislyak has been Russia's Ambassador to the USA since 2008.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) invited Trump to testify under oath before the Senate about Comey and Russian Federation.

He's been making Republicans' life hard from the beginning, of course, saying and doing one ugly thing after another, whether it was mocking a disabled reporter, encouraging his supporters to beat up protesters, getting into a spat with a Gold Star family, or bragging about his ability to commit sexual assault with impunity.

Mr Kislyak was present at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016, holding what he described as a "diplomacy conference".

The Republican Party wants us to grade Donald Trump on a curve. And if what you have to defend is Donald Trump, it's even worse.

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