Trump responds to Comey's testimony, says, 'No collusion, no obstruction'

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US President Donald Trump on Friday denied multiple allegations leveled by former FBI Director James Comey, saying he was prepared to testify under oath to give his version of events.

Trump has continuously denied allegations that he had asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

When asked if he thought Trump was trying to obstruct justice or simply trying to help Flynn save face, Comey said, "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".

"I would be glad to tell him (special counsel Robert Mueller) exactly what I told you", Trump said at a joint news press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting Romanian President. During his testimony, Comey explained why he recorded his private talks with the U.S. president, saying that he was afraid Trump might "lie" about them. The investigation was still ongoing when Comey was sacked in early May. Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, and Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, sent a request Friday directly to Comey for copies of his memos.

Asked if he had taped their conversations, Trump said he would reveal that answer soon.

"I do think once she's in D.C. there'll be more pressure for her to be working on something that's her own, that's helping some segment of the population because that's what first ladies are supposed to do", said Jean Harris, professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Trump told reporters he hadn't pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. You leak bombshell information to the media in hopes of forcing the appointment of a special counsel. Comey previously said he handed his memos to a friend, who was identified as Richman.

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What drove Trump nuts was that Comey wouldn't say that publicly.

That suggestion has now been taken up by the House Intelligence Committee, which has written to Don McGahn, the White House counsel, and asked him whether White House recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with Trump exist.

But the following morning he struck back in an early morning tweet: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", he wrote - suggesting Mr Comey had committed perjury. "It's not something I'm doing now".

Later in the day, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused to comment on whether a recording existed, or not.

Reporter: [Comey] did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn. that you hoped the Flynn investigation would go away.

She said Comey's testimony doesn't "eliminate the possibility that there was a misinterpretation".

A friend of Mr Comey's is also being asked to hand over memos the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief gave him.

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