Trump stays mum on Comey testimony, while son live-tweets

The hearing unfolded amid intense political interest, and within a remarkable political context as Comey delivered detrimental testimony about the president who fired him, a president who won election only after Comey damaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the campaign.

President Donald Trump evaded a direct question about whether he has tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and toyed with the press about when he'd confirm it. The man who supposedly read Comey's still-unseen private memo to a reporter, identified as professor Dan Richman, has gone to ground after Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement suggesting legal action for "unauthorized disclosure of privileged information".

Meanwhile, the Senate investigation into collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice is extending to a Trump Cabinet member. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said. "If he were the president of a college or an important think tank, he could pursue the issues that mean the most to him and not be anxious about trying to make anyone happy".

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".

"It kind of rings in my ears as, 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?'" Comey said, an allusion to a suggestion made by King Henry II that led to the killing of Thomas Becket.

As an article last month in Politifact explains, that means it's lawful for the president to record his conversations with others.

"But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever".

Considering the shifting explanations for the firing, divulged through presidential tweeting, we already know Comey is telling the truth. But Comey believed that he was sacked because of his investigation into Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

The remarks, at a bilateral press conference with Romania's president, are Trump's first extensive public comments since Comey's bombshell testimony on Thursday that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and in a later meeting brought up Flynn and said he hoped Comey would "let this go".

Kasowitz slammed Comey for leaking the material.

Republican Senator Susan Collins called on Sunday for Trump to "voluntarily turn them over" to the Senate Intelligence Committee and to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, investigating possible collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation.

The Trump administration denies being tied to the leak or to Russian Federation in any inappropriate way. The White House as denied any collusion.

Comey also said Trump and his administration tried to "defame" him by spreading "lies, plain and simple", about his firing.

In his testimony, Comey accused the president of telling "lies, plain and simple" when he claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray and poorly led, and that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader.

Every seat was taken at the Union Pub in Washington, located in the shadow of the building where Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee for about three hours from 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT).

While Sessions' testimony Tuesday has the makings of another high-profile event, much of the next phase of the various investigations will likely not be as clear-cut and straightforward as the drama of congressional hearings carried live with millions watching on television and online.

"To the extent it doesn't seem to be a "gotcha" moment here, the market's plodding along", said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in NY. Comey certainly thinks so, having testified, "I take the president at his word that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation".

"But in this kind of thing, he's not going to lie", she said about Comey's testimony.

Trump spent Thursday morning meeting with his secretary of state, secretary of defense and national security adviser, discussing North Korea, the Persian Gulf region and other matters, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Any spin offered on what Comey said, including that coming from the Trump family, should be viewed in light of those consequences.