Trump won't say if Comey conversations were taped

"100 percent", Trump said Friday during a news conference at the White House with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Comey revealed to a Senate committee this week that he leaked a memo he wrote detailing a conversation with Trump, in an effort to prompt an independent investigation into ties between the president's team and Russian officials. Trump tweeted in his first comments since Comey's hearing.

Comey said Trump pressured him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and told Comey that he needed his loyalty, even though FBI directors are supposed to work independently from the White House.

Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, denied both of Comey's claims in a statement on Thursday after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's appearance. "Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things he said just weren't true". "And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say that, according to everybody that I've read today". Moments later, he added: "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".




Former New York City U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was also fired by Trump, echoed Comey's statement, writing, "We can all agree with Jim Comey that, Lordy, we hope there are tapes". MORE: Analysis - Comey goes nuclear in showdown with TrumpHe 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.

Kasowitz disputed those points and attacked Comey for leaking "privileged communications" to the media. "He's a leaker", Trump said.

Trump suggested on Twitter last month that the conversation was taped, but has been evasive about it since then. Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

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