Trump Breaks Silence On Comey: 'WOW, Comey Is A Leaker!'

Former FBI director James Comey listens to the committee chairman at the beginning of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday

During much of the increasingly heated debate surrounding the FBI's investigation of Russia's role in the election, Trump has chafed over news leaks, arguing that news organizations had not given them proper attention.

Comey said that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel's appointment by giving a damning memo he had written about a meeting with Trump to a friend to release to the media. "First of all, Comey was very clear that the memo that he wrote was intentionally written in unclassified form so that it would not be bound up in classification rules".

Comey said Trump spoke with him nine times - in person and on the phone - in four months.

"Do you believe there are tapes of those conversations between Comey and the president?"

Comey's detailed statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, largely based on those memos, alleges that Trump asked him for "loyalty" in a dinner shortly after he took office.

Trump was scheduled to face the press later Friday at a joint press conference with the visiting president of Romania.

On the other hand, Malcolm said Trump critics could take solace in Comey's assertion that Comey felt pressured by the president to drop an investigation into now-fired national security advisor Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russians. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation", Comey said.

"What we're talking about is a sitting president of the United States and whether the administration took an action to fire the FBI director in a historic way because of a desire to take the pressure off the Russian Federation investigation", he told CNN. "That is a very big deal".

"I said early on, we ought to give the White House a chance to turn them over if they exist".

"I can definitely say the president is not a liar", said White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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Kasowitz suggested that Comey could be prosecuted for the release of "privileged information".

Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

"Those were lies, plain and simple", Comey said, firing a shot of tension through the hearing room, which stood silent except for the shutter clicks of photographers capturing the political theater.

"We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leak should be investigated along with all those others being investigated", he added.

Comey has been asked to provide any notes or memoranda related to discussions with Trump, to the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the election.

"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", he said.

Mr Trump kept silent during the hearing - keeping away from Twitter even after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director accused him of telling "lies, plain and simple" - but after it was over offered a clue to his next step in a statement read by his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

Comey said he did not know any cases in which anyone has been charged for "hoping something". He's the president of the United States, with me alone, saying 'I hope this.'.

"I didn't say that", Trump said.

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