Jeff Sessions set for grilling on Russia, Comey

Comey's testimony also revisits the president's knowledge that Michael Flynn was under investigation by the FBI before Trump took office.

"I don't know, I find matters that are briefed to the gang of eight are pretty tightly held in my experience", Comey said.

Rubio asked Comey about his conversations with Trump in which the president asked about the ongoing investigation.

"I think it's an abuse of power, and as far as obstruction of justice", Ms Pelosi told USA broadcaster MSNBC, adding that special counsel Robert Mueller "should look into this". He also made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

Asked on Friday if he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of his interactions with Comey, Trump replied, "100 percent".

The attorney is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general about the revelation next week.

Ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning", he said.

Conway stressed that Democratic Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador at least twice a year ago and then denied doing so in his confirmation hearings.

The Justice Department has denied that a third meeting occurred.

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But Spacey threw in some remarkable impressions throughout the night, taking the stage as Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton. Nixon's speech, in which she quoted directly from The Little Foxes playwright Lillian Hellman, was a case in point.

He hinted that there are no tapes of their conversations, contrary to a suggestion in a tweet he issued shortly after firing Comey.

The firing came, Comey said, after he was pushed to drop the probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "We wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation requesting that they investigate such matters. I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he chose to fire me because of that".

In defiance of the president's tweets on the matter, Comey also confirmed his hope that there are tapes of the conversations.

Hours after accusing former FBI Director James Comey of committing perjury, a defiant President Donald Trump said he was willing to testify under oath about their conversations.

Earlier, Trump, who had refrained from tweeting all day Thursday - even as Comey accused his administration of spreading "lies" and suggested Trump had attempted to influence the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - struck back in an early-morning tweet.

"Obstruction of justice is clearly on the minds of a lot of people and I think it damages the president politically", he said.

Laura Donohue, a Georgetown University Law Center professor, said if Trump fired Comey to change the course of the Russian Federation investigation, that would constitute obstruction of justice. Republican senators have seemed, once again, unwilling to criticise the president.

"That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me".

He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed sworn testimony about a private dinner the two men had in the White House.

Kasowitz also suggested Comey should be prosecuted for leaking "privileged information". Mr Trump's lawyers argue that it was subject to executive privilege, although the president has never asserted privilege over his conversations with Mr Comey and independent legal experts have expressed doubt that he could. That image is enhanced by what has been said publicly by officials in the administration who are not notorious liars.

Trump said, "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction.That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election they shouldn't have lost".

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