Comey has asserted that Trump asked him to pledge his personal loyalty, and that he refused. "And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that", he said.
"We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling", he added. The ouster came as he oversaw the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". And Risch noted that Comey had said he interpreted Trump's words as a "direction" to drop the Flynn investigation.
With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey as "a leaker" for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a law professor who shared it with a news outlet.
Comey's accusations could further mire Trump's administration in legal difficulties.
Comey had quite a bit to say about his firing, which leaves him looking like a disgruntled former employee.
Trump also saluted the United States' relationship with Romania and praised its contribution to the global fight against terror.
"But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever".
"It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications", Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz said yesterday.
Asked by a reporter if he had told Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Flynn, Trump said, "I didn't say that".
But Mr Comey implies a pattern of deliberate behaviour that's more than just tripping over boundaries.
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Comey said Trump's administration had defamed him in comments made after his firing by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray and that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Comey also bluntly accused the White House of spreading "lies, plain and simple".
The president "never told Comey, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty, ' in form or substance", Kasowitz said in a statement.
If they do, they asked that copies of the materials be provided to the panel by June 23.
Trump won't rule out his previous claim that there may be tapes of his conversations with Comey.
Comey described an episode during the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed him "not to call it an investigation but to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me".
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"
"I wouldn't want to alert the White House it had happened", Comey said of Trump's request about Flynn, "until we figured out what we were going to do with it investigatively".
He also said he was "confused and increasingly concerned" by Trump's shifting explanations for firing him, including Trump's remark that he had had Russian Federation on his mind in dismissing Comey four years into a 10-year term.
Both the conversation between Trump and Comey about Flynn and the firing itself were obstructive acts, she said.
Comey also pointed out that they were right - Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation less than two weeks later.