"I hope you can let this go", Trump said, according to Comey's memo. "If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesn't seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up a couple of times in a conversation".
The tweet from Trump about Comey claiming total vindication was a milestone for the president in one way: It ended Trump's second-longest tweet drought since he became a presidential candidate, falling just three minutes shy of the all-time mark. Comey's remarks suggested fresh lines of inquiry for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as for congressional investigations.
On Friday, Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticised Comey as not "man enough" for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.
"No. No ... next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe.
"I would say it's very inappropriate", said Sen.
Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.
The president said he would be willing to tell that to the newly appointed special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, Robert Mueller.
"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", he said.
During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him.
In referring to Comey, Trump was citing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's acknowledgment that he had asked a friend to leak his memos about his conversations with the president.
"No collusion, no obstruction. he's a leaker".
He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.
Dave Boyer, The Washington Times: Mr. President, this morning on Twitter you were referring to the testimony of James Comey vindicating you.
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