Rather, under oath, Comey testified that Trump asked for his allegiance.
James Comey accused Trump's administration of spreading "lies". "President Trump must also be truthful about what he knows about Russian interference in the election, as well as Gen. Flynn and Attorney General Sessions' contacts with the Russians".
Ahead of the hearing, Comey described his mounting discomfort in the weeks leading up to his dismissal as Trump pulled him aside in person and phoned to press him on the investigation.
Trump tweet: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication".
Comey's testimony tends to validate conservatives' claims that a "deep state" of appointees of former President Barack Obama have joined with media to drive Trump out of office. He said the recently appointed special counsel would examine the matter.
TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry.
Trump went on to add that, "there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it", referring to an ask to let the Flynn investigation go.
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.
Last week, the House of Representatives intelligence committee asked the White House counsel to specify if there are tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey.
Asked directly if tapes of conversations with Comey exist, Trump said, "Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future".
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Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, according to online records in St. Senator Rand Paul , also at the practice, said he believed the rapid intervention narrowly prevented a bloodbath.
Comey prepared detailed personal memos after his conversations with the president.
Comey's testimony provided a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.
But while Republicans have generally continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticising his actions.
"He said those things under oath", Karl told the president.
Bob Inglis, a Republican former congressman who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998, suggested Trump might be in particularly hot water.
"And my bigger concern is we look and say we hold our leaders accountable and we need all the information to hold them accountable".
Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied the President may have become the subject of investigation himself for interfering in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's work. I hardly know the man.
"No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other", he said.
The Rose Garden press conference was the first time since last month that Trump formally took questions from reporters.
"Anyone who has ever worked with Jim as far as I know, certainly speaking for myself, holds him in incredibly high esteem", said Sharon McCarthy, who worked for him at the USA attorney's office.