Trump says Comey cleared him. He didn't

Trump's legal team will file a complaint early next week with the Justice Department's inspector general.

Lewandowski criticized Comey for relaying his notes from meetings with the president to the media through an intermediary, suggesting that the former director should be prosecuted if such a move was part of a regular pattern of behavior.

Trump, said one person familiar with his thinking, felt good about the testimony, which proved him right in several cases and included the revelation that Comey had leaked information to reporters. The question about Russian interference in the last United States presidential elections is now nearly a moot point. I'd doubt that there is any precedent at all for punishing those who share unclassified memos-to-file about non-privileged communications (or even retaining them), and it's hardly the kind of issue that keeps IGs awake at night - especially with much more damaging leaks springing up all over the place.

The United States President, Donald Trump's personal lawyer has rejected allegations made by James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, before the US Senate.

Comey testified before that committee on Thursday, and Sen. Susan Collins tells MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she found him "credible, candid and thorough".

The president also appears to accuse Comey of lying under oath and carrying out an unauthorized leak.

Meanwhile, the intelligence committee asked White House Counsel Don McGahn in a letter whether any tape recordings or memos of the conversations exist now, or had existed in the past.

On March 30, Trump called Comey to complain that the Russian Federation investigation was impairing his presidency, and asked if Comey could "lift the cloud". He testified that he chose to share the memo after seeing the president tweet about the possible existence of tapes of their conversations.

Trump broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication".

"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, during a news conference with the visiting Romanian president. As he put it, to decide who to trust, one would have to assess the consistency of a person's statements, as well as look at his track record, demeanour, and record over time; a clear signal that on all these scores, Comey's record is better than Trump's.

The paper reported Trump had asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, did not make any major disclosures about any links between Trump or his associates and alleged Russian meddling. This sends a clear message that Republicans are willing to share fake news and unsafe narratives in their quest to deny Russian interference in our elections. It is effectively impossible to bring criminal charges against a sitting president - the case would have to be brought by the executive branch, of which Mr Trump is the boss.

Trump did not discuss Comey any further during a speech on the nation's infrastructure at the Department of Transportation Friday morning, at which he argued that, "instead of rebuilding our country, Washington has built a dense thicket of rules, regulations and red tape", which he plans to clear by setting up a council to help project managers navigate bureaucracy.

'Moral of the #Comey testimony: Don't cancel a date with your wife, ' said CBS-Chicago reporter Jeremy Ross on Twitter.

Former FBI Director James Comey has laid bare months of White House distrust in highly anticipated testimony before Congress.

In a sworn account, the sacked FBI chief did something Trump had pressed him to do - and which he could not while still in post: he told the world the president was not personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. Comey sees his testimony and the Senate investigations as being preliminaries to Mueller's inquiry.

Meanwhile, Trump is also being accused of flip-flopping on his reason for Comey's firing.