The president and his aides have complained about leaks, purportedly from the intelligence community, throughout the investigations by the FBI and Congress into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections and the Trump campaign's contact with Russian officials.
"On two subsequent occasions, Trump called Comey and told him the Russian Federation investigation was "'a cloud' impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country". Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was effort by Russian Federation to help Trump win the election by discrediting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Mr Comey has said that the memos he wrote were unclassified. "I was honestly concerned [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting so I thought it important to document", Comey testified. 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.
"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Mrs Collins said. But these concerns were usually worked out by narrowing the subjects to be discussed.
Neither Comey nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said what specifically they believed was incorrect, she said.
Trump also seized on Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release memos he'd written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter.
Comey then revealed to senators he calculated the leak to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
"So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter", Comey said.
Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, had set a Friday deadline for Richman to respond after Comey testified that he gave the memo to him and asked him to anonymously disclose it to the media in an attempt to prompt the naming of a special counsel.
Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. "Well, I think there's a double standard there to tell you the truth". In Comey's testimony, he includes accounts of every interaction he has ever had with the President. He is a good guy. I'm not going to say "I want you to pledge allegiance".
During the hearing, Comey offered a different take.
"I took it as a direction".
The president has answered Comey's Senate testimony with outright denials, new talk of possible tapes, and a pledge to tell his story under oath. At the time, Comey said those emails were related to the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.
The hearing was likely to fuel claims that Trump's ultimate aim was to quash the investigation, though Comey specifically said he didn't believe anyone at the White House asked him to do so.
Trump on Friday said Comey's testimony showed "no obstruction".
Trump later addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group of religious conservatives who have been supportive of the president. He once again sounded the alarm on risks emanating from Moscow in his June 8 testimony.
"Those were lies, plain and simple", Comey said, firing a shot of tension through the hearing room, which stood silent except for the shutter clicks of photographers capturing the political theater.
So is this where Team Trump is headed next, a counteroffensive against Comey and his allies that seeks to undermine their credibility by making them out to be agents of the ancien régime?
REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-Calif., House Minority Leader: I think there's no question he abused power.