Donald Trump and his team already seemed prepared to moving towards a contest of credibility with former FBI Director James Comey, but at a White House press conference this afternoon, the president took the dispute to a whole new level. Comey also said that the president demanded absolute loyalty from him.
"Well, I didn't say that".
"Well, I'll tell you about that - maybe sometime in the very near future", Mr Trump said.
In sworn testimony before Congress on Thursday, Comey said that he instructed a friend to give a reporter details about what he remembers the president said in private conversations about the FBI's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey".
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. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that", Trump responded.
TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry. Meanwhile, his allies sought to raise questions about the credibility of Comey, The Australian notes.
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The ex-FBI boss led one of several Russian Federation inquiries before he was sacked. "He's a leaker", Trump said of Comey.
Trump called the controversy "just an excuse" by Democrats who had lost the presidential election.
On Thursday, Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election.
But Trump continued to tease whether there were recordings of his conversations with Comey.
He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning".
Mr Comey also said Mr Trump asked him in January to pledge loyalty to the President, an unusual request that would put in doubt the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey's testimony Thursday was part of that investigation.
Trump broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication". He said he can also be interviewed by the special counsel who investigates Trump associates' ties to Russia, Robert Mueller.