Trump willing to testify to counter Comey under oath

Trump willing to testify to counter Comey under oath

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Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee on July 7, 2016. President Donald Trump fired him on May 9, 2017. The talk about Comey's book has mostly focused on Trump but those discussions comprise only a small part of the book. (Danielle Wilde)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he would be “one hundred percent” willing to challenge former FBI Director James Comey’s recent testimony under oath.

During an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey told the panel that Trump pressed him in a private meeting to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and asked him in a separate meeting to promise him loyalty.

Trump claimed that the conversations did not take place as Comey depicted, and noted that he would be able to say as much under oath with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

“I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you,” Trump said during a joint press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden with Romanian Prime Minister Klaus Iohannis.

The president noted that if he had, in fact, asked Comey to drop the investigation, there would be nothing wrong with it based on “everybody that I’ve read today.”

Trump suggested in a tweet in May that there may be tapes of the conversations between Comey and himself.

When asked Friday if the tapes existed, Trump coyly said that he will address it “maybe sometime in the very near future.”

The president would not clarify when, but added “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”

Comey told lawmakers Thursday that he hoped that the conversations between the two men were taped.

While Comey largely painted a picture of an unethical president on Thursday, Trump said he felt vindicated by the former director’s testimony.

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said.

Comey would not say if he believed there was collusion between Trump and the Russian government or whether Trump obstructed justice, noting that both questions would be better answered in Mueller’s investigation.

 

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