Mr Comey admitted in his sworn testimony that he had asked a friend to leak notes he kept detailing his meetings with Mr Trump to a reporter.
Earlier, in a characteristic early morning tweet, Trump said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!". I hope there are tapes" tore through the Internet, with the inevitable T-shirts following, and Comey then dared Trump to release the tapes: "The President surely knows if there are tapes.
Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), have claimed that it's possible Comey misinterpreted the president's words because Trump isn't experienced enough to understand the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Today, Mr Trump was coy when asked about the tapes, telling media at the White House press conference, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.
"I didn't say that", Trump said emphatically Friday.
The statement went on to say that Mr. Trump "feels completely and totally vindicated", and that "he is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda". "You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey". The issue of the Trump election campaign's relationship with Russian Federation has dogged Trump's first months in office and distracted from his policy goals such as overhauling the U.S. healthcare system and making tax cuts.
Mr Comey told Congress under oath he believed he was sacked to influence his investigation into the Trump campaign.
"It's frustrating for me to want to help a man who I think will do big things no other Republican would do, like immigration", Graham added.
"One hundred per cent", Mr Trump said.
After Comey delivered his much-anticipated testimony, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, held a news conference in which he sought to refute several of Comey's assertions. The visit was the first for Iohannis at the Trump White House. In his Friday remarks, Trump, who is known to have recorded conversations as a businessman, did not deny their existence.