Trump holds a press conference with Romania's President Iohannis

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Friday denied he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI's former director, of lying under oath to Congress.

He also said he did not ask Comey to drop the FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and possible ties to Russian Federation.

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously. "I'm going to tell you, I didn't say that".

"In terms of obstruction of justice, I think there's reason to believe and Mueller should look into this", she said. Hey I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey.

With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet.

The leaders of the House Russia investigation, Reps.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions Friday at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden.

His hunch was correct, and the very next day former FBI director Bob Mueller was appointed to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation.

On June 8, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the panel's probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Trump's team has been quick to push back, and a main thrust of their strategy is to discredit Comey, painting him as disgruntled and untrustworthy.

"In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records", the Secret Service wrote in response to The Journal's FOIA request in May.

Asked by Senate Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr, R-Va., if the special counsel's office reviewed or edited his testimony, Comey replied, "no".

The Trump administration, on the heels of an "infrastructure week" that was overshadowed by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony before Congress, plans to launch a program aimed at creating more apprenticeships that will help companies in need of more skilled workers, Reuters reported Saturday.

Trump also took a question about the United States' commitment to NATO, saying the U.S.is committed to Article 5, the NATO policy of "collective defense" - meaning, if one NATO country is attacked, it is considered an attack against all.

Comey also said he took steps to ensure he wrote the memos in a way that it would not be necessary to label them as classified. Both men, though, said they never "felt pressured" to do so.

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