Ok, here we go - this is what Comey said in the hearing: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239295 That actually jives pretty well with the sequence suggested by the newspaper coverage. The story that Comey had been pressured by Trump to pledge loyalty broke on the 11th (notable here is that the NY Times coverage makes ZERO mention of the fact Trump asked Comey to "let it go" on the Flynn investigation, which is FAR more notable than asking for his loyalty). Trump tweeted on the 12th saying Comey had better hope he didn't have tapes, and actually kind of got lucky when he accused Comey of leaking, as Comey ultimately turned out to be the source of the leak of the memo on the 16th. The existence of the memo was reported on the 16th, as well as the fact that Trump had pressured Comey to drop the investigation. I think the critical part, though, is that word of the *memo* didn't leak until the 16th, after Trump's tweet, and that a lot of additional, and far more damning, detail only came out then. EDIT - I mean, his lawyer's whole argument falls apart under any scruitiny. Obviously Comey knew the story about their meeting was out when he encouraged his friend to share the ecistence of that memo - why would Trump be tweeting that Comey better hope he didn't have tapes, if the fact they'd had a private conversation wasn't already in the news? What Comey did was call Trump's bluff, and bring the full content of the conversation out to the public eye.