House Intel Committee requests Comey tapes from the White House

Mr Comey accused Mr Trump of firing him to try to undermine the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russian Federation. The White House and Russian Federation deny any collusion occurred.

The closest comparison, he said, was the appearance 44 years ago of President Richard Nixon's White House counsel John Dean, who, after being fired by Nixon, gave damning testimony in 1973 to the Senate Watergate Committee.

Trump said at joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Trump was denying Comey's testimony that Trump told him in February, after demanding that others leave the room, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

"I'll tell you something about that, maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said when asked about the purported existence of the tapes during a press conference at the White House today.

Hours after accusing former FBI Director James Comey of committing perjury, a defiant President Donald Trump said he was willing to testify under oath about their conversations.

Trump says Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: He did tell President Trump several times that he wasn't specifically under investigation.

The Kasowitz accusations, made shortly after James Comey completed the public portion of his Senate testimony, if actively pursued, would necessarily shroud the Trump administration in a complex web of investigations, congressional hearings and court proceedings that would ultimately pull it into a black hole of legal destruction.

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"Mr Trump also seized on Mr Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release memos documenting his conversations with the President to a reporter: ".and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" he tweeted.

Such an offence potentially could lead to Trump being impeached by Congress, although his fellow Republicans who control the Senate and House of Representatives have shown little appetite for such a move. "It makes a big difference what the exact words were, the tone of the president, the context of the conversation".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Meanwhile, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee asked Comey for his notes and memos.

A USA president is given a wide array of immunities from criminal prosecutions.

Then-candidate Trump excoriated Comey last summer for deciding not to prosecute Clinton over her handling of government emails, then praised him when he reopened the issue in October just days before the election.

"I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel", Mr Comey said.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer.

Still, Ryan said the testimony, and senators' questions, would be historic.

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