>> No collision, no obstruction. He's a leaker.>> Pushed into a corner, President Trump punching back on Friday, attacking James Comey after the former FBI Director accused of trying to derail the Russia probe. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the president struck a defiant note at the White House on Friday.
>> I didn't say that.>> Revving up a campaign to discredit Comey as he tries to contain a scandal that threatens to consume his presidency. Trump laid low while Comey was speaking, but letting loose in a news conference with the Romanian president.>> James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.
And some of the things that he said just weren't true.>> The goal here, give his supporters a reason to ignore the more troubling aspects of Comey's testimony, such as possible obstruction of justice. As long as Trump retains the support of his base, .he's still got clout here in Washington.
>> Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?>> 100%.>> I was fired because of the Russia investigation.>> Blockbuster testimony Thursday, Comey accused Trump of lying about the reason he was fired. And said the President tried to quash an investigation into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.
But team Trump now coming after Comey for giving the notes of his conversations with Trump to a friend who shared them with the news media. Trump's legal team preparing to file complaints with the Justice Department and Congress. Trump's showbiz instincts coming to fore, saying we'll know soon whether he taped his Oval Office conversations with Comey.
>> And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.>> I'm not hinting anything, I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time.>> But amid all the White House kinda
], the central question remains, did Trump obstruct justice? Special Council Robert Mueller almost certainly looking to that issue with the road map laid out by Comey, that in theory puts impeachment on the table.
But keep in mind, this is ultimately a political process. Republicans control both Chambers of Congress, and they don't want to kick their own President out of the White House, if they can avoid it.