Comey told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday about several one-on-one interactions with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show "loyalty", to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation. White House staffers like Press Secretary Sean Spicer have defended Trump's speech in the weeks since, insisting the commitment was clear, even if the exact words weren't said.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Washington.
Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.
"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added the president, who - when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about the encounters - responded: "100 percent".
Jorge Benitez, a NATO specialist at the Atlantic Council, said Trump's statement was less than a whole-hearted commitment. He did testify that Trump told him on January 26 that he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and urged him to drop the probe into Flynn the next month. As for recordings of the conversations in question, the US President commented he was not providing hints about anything, but will let the world know "about it over a very short period of time". When asked if he had covertly recorded his conversations with Comey, as Trump had suggested in a tweet shortly after firing Comey last month, the president was coy.
But as much as Trump looked to undercut Comey's testimony, he also heralded some of his claims, namely his comment there was no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians and no investigation into Trump personally during his time at the FBI. "With trademark flair, Comey told the committee, 'Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of his conversations with Trump.
"I will say this - that because of our actions, money is starting to pour into NATO", Trump asserted Friday. "As a practical matter and the merits aside, this was a reason not to fire him like Trump did - Comey knows how to fight back bureaucratically and in the media".
But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened the clouds hanging over the White House.
But there is no way to listen to the testimony and walk away from it believing Trump is an utterly innocent man, what should be required for Trump to actually feel "totally vindicated". "No I didn't say that".
"Yes, I was on Judiciary Cmte that impeached Clinton/sent him for trial in the Senate for matters less serious than the ones before us now", Inglis tweeted Friday.
Mr Kasowitz plans to file a complaint early next week about Mr Comey's disclosure of conversations with the president, a person close to the legal team said on Friday. "I took it as a direction, ' Comey told the committee".