Kasowitz pushed back on parts of Comey's testimony, claiming Thursday that Trump did not pressure Comey to drop the Flynn investigation and did not ask for loyalty from the former FBI director. Comey has said Trump asked him in a private meeting in February to end that probe.
Trump made the remarks when speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Washington. "And there'd be nothing wrong with it if I did say that, according to everybody that I read today, but I did not say that".
The ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice.
Comey nevertheless did not make any major new revelations about alleged links between Trump or his associates and Russian Federation, an issue that has dogged the president's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the USA healthcare system and making tax cuts. "I'm not gonna say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?" No, I didn't say that. "And I didn't say the other".
Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future.
Trump's Twitter account had been quiet throughout Comey's testimony accusing the administration of spreading "lies". North Korea, big problem. So that's what I am focused on.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey testified. "And some of the things he said just weren't true".
He also admitted that he orchestrated the leak of information contained in some memos he wrote to the media after Trump tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!". He said he did this because felt the investigation may have reached a point at which a special counsel needed to be appointed.
Trump and his outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, have zeroed in on this and lambasted Comey for ordering the "leaks".
Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday to be open to public
Trump's getting-back-to-work photo op kicked off a week in which he's under siege due to the Russian Federation investigation. Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he didn't "want to get time alone with the president again".
Of course, Comey's description of Sessions isn't the first time the Attorney General's behavior has seemed odd.
"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an opening setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic."
Comey said he took this as a highly improper attempt by Trump to shut down the Flynn investigation.
"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, there might be a tape", Comey said.
The Senate judiciary committee sent a request for Comey's memos from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on and a separate request to the White House for any records kept by Trump, on May 17. "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".
But Comey did not provide any proverbial smoking gun.
Karl concluded his questioning by asking Trump if he would be willing to share his side of the story with former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
Some top Democrats - including Sens. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him. "Senate can send over the invite ASAP".