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Trump slams 'cowardly' Comey

dpa logodpa 11/06/2017

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to slam 'cowardly' former FBI Director James Comey.

US President Donald Trump has attacked the leak of former FBI director James Comey's memo of their conversations as "cowardly" and says the act could have legal consequences.

Comey admitted in testimony before the Senate intelligence committee that after Trump fired him on May 9 he asked a friend to leak his documentation of a meeting with the president to the press in the hope of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference.

Comey said he felt it was necessary to take notes on his meetings and conversations with Trump because he feared the president would lie about what took place.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump said on Twitter.

The leaks have created a political firestorm over whether Trump pressured Comey to drop an investigation into contacts between Russian officials and Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security advisor.

Comey says he believes Trump fired him because of the Russia investigation, and Trump himself cited "this Russia thing" as a motivating factor for his decision to sack Comey during an interview with broadcaster NBC that aired last month.

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