US House and Senate investigators have requested former FBI Director James Comey's memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion including audio recordings.
Mr Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Mr Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'"
If Kasowitz' s accusations of criminal conduct against Comey were accepted and believed by the Senate and federal prosecutors and a federal grand jury indictment followed, the result would be a criminal trial of the former FBI director, requiring the testimony under oath of the President of the United States.
Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russian Federation probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.
Trump also disputed Comey's statement that he had sought a pledge of loyalty from him and indicated he may have recordings of their conversations which he will say more about "over a fairly short period of time", but warned that "you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".
On Friday, Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not "man enough" for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.
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 didn't say that", Trump responded.
When asked by a reporter if Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, he said: "I didn't say that".
Asked on Friday if he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of his interactions with Comey, Trump replied, "100 per cent".
"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction".
"That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the Electoral College, as you know". But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. "And some of the things that he said just weren't true", he added.
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. "Who would do that?"
The president reiterated his intention to disclose whether tapes exist of the meeting after a throng of reporters asked why he couldn't confirm or deny their existence immediately.
Apart from the questions about Comey, the two leaders pledged cooperation against terrorism amid a deepening diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. The visit was the first for Iohannis at the Trump White House. "Your visit comes at an important moment, not just in this partnership but among all responsible nations of the world".