" "Trump calls Comey "leaks" of memos "'cowardly'"

Comey told the Senate that Trump had asked him to pledge his loyalty over the investigation.

Trump says Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Trump critics said that was evidence that the president may have obstructed justice, possible grounds for impeachment.

Trump, however, insisted that he never asked Comey for his loyalty, as Comey stated under oath in his congressional testimony. He said he tended to believe Trump's denial of having done "anything wrong with the Russians", wryly adding: "He can't collude with his own government".

"I don't think it's for me to say" whether Trump committed obstruction, Comey demurred, "but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward, to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

Sessions has recused himself from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the US. "This is about influence peddling, this is about the search for vengeance, and this is about stopping the revolution President Trump was elected to implement", he wrote.

"Well, it was kind of a slightly cowardly way of trying to avoid telling him, we're not going to do that - that I would see what we could do", Comey replied.

Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.

"Comey testified last week that the President, in a private conversation with Comey, asked the FBI boss to let go the agency's investigation into Mike Flynn, Trump's ousted national security adviser".

"So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Comey said.

Chris Matthews: Trump-Russia collusion theories 'came apart' during Comey testimony
Trump stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath at the hearing, which occurred a month after Trump fired him on May 9. Kasowitz described Comey as part of a cabal inside the government "who are actively trying to undermine this administration".

Comey testified he had nine one-on-one conversations with Trump - and detailed each in memos just after they met for fear that the president would subsequently lie about their interactions. The president's legal team is confirmed to be preparing a file against all the false claims Comey made during his testimony.

"When he tells you to do something, guess what?"

But the one question Trump wouldn't definitely answer is if recordings of his conversations with Comey exist.

"It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed". "So to any Republican who believes Russian Federation didn't do it, you're wrong". We are doing really well.

Mr Comey alleges that Mr Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

The Times was also able to identify two other cases where a case for obstruction of justice was made, at least in part, by defendants' "I hope" statements. "I think he's proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character", Trump Jr said. "There's no, "Hey, I'm hoping".

As Donald Trump Jr, left, tried to back up his father's version of events, he seemed to agree with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's instead.

He said people would know about it very soon.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear for sharp questioning by senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday - whether that hearing will be public or closed is not yet known.