Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one". But the president accusing the former FBI director of a felony is sure to pique the interest of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation is picking up momentum.
"In my view, this testimony constitutes evidence of an intention to interfere or potentially obstruct at least a portion of the Russian Federation investigation, if not more", Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the house intelligence committee - which is conducting a parallel Russian Federation probe - wrote in a statement.
He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.
"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Trump also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray.
In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, Comey said he couldn't discuss details related to why Sessions recused himself in an open setting.
Trump has hired Kasowitz to handle matters related to various investigations of Russian interference in the US president election, freeing his White House counsel to handle other government-related matters. He's the president of the United States, with me alone, saying 'I hope this.'.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".More news: Qatar tells Gulf residents they are free to stay
What Comey's statement said: "I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".
The Republican president stopped short of saying that Mr Comey lied under oath. President, this is wrong. You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, number one. Maybe if I were stronger, I would have.
Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship. "Number two, I don't know how it got out there because I didn't ask that question".
"I've seen the tweet about tapes".
Mr Trump wouldn't rule out a previous claim that there may be tapes of his conversations with Comey. You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said.
KARL: When will you tell us about the recordings?
Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney, denied the president ever asked to stop the investigation.
"We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine if these leaks should be investigated with all the others that are being investigated", Kasowitz added. Dershowitz said he finds it incredible that the media didn't quote the most relevant part of Comey's testimony which is when he said the President under the Constitution has the authority to end the Flynn investigation. Franken, " Leahy said following Comey's Thursday Senate testimony.