Trump '100%' willing to testify on Comey

10 Juin, 2017, 21:40 | Author: Claudine Rigal

At the Friday news conference, Trump said he planned to talk in "the very near future" about whether audiotapes exist from his February 14 conversation with Comey - a discussion at which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief says Trump told him he hoped Justice Department investigators would "let go" former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"I'll tell you about that maybe in the very near future", he said.

"I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", Trump told reporters.

"But in the meantime, no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker, but we want to get back to running out great country...." The president added that he would be willing to speak to as much under oath.

Trump also said he would be willing to speak to Robert Mueller, special counsel appointed by the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The key issue before the committee was whether Mr Trump sought to obstruct the investigation in nine conversations with Mr Comey this year, leading up to his dismissal of the FBI chief.

Trump said Friday he would be willing to testify under oath "100 percent" that he did not tell Comey to let the Flynn probe "go". Trump said at the news conference.

Comey said he did not know if Trump taped their conversations, but would be fine with them being released if they exist.

Puzder also cited an op-ed from attorney and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz to argue that, even if Trump did pressure Comey to end the FBI's investigation into Flynn, he did not violate any laws.

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During the hearing Comey also referenced Trump's tweet saying Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations" were he to give information to the press. "It is a misuse of the term "leak" to apply that in any way to what Comey described in his testimony".

In his sole tweet on Comey's testimony to date, Trump had called Comey a "leaker" for passing memos of one-on-one talks with Trump to a lawyer who then provided them to a reporter, also saying he felt Comey's words amounted to "total and complete vindication".

Trump declined to answer questions from reporters about whether recordings existed. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said. Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?

"That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the Electoral College, as you know". Rosenstein's role right now includes receiving reports about "major actions" by the special counsel, and he has pledged that if Mueller's investigation looks at obstruction, then he would step away from that role. That being said, reality doesn't change because of partisan leanings and ultimately, Comey's public comments turned out to be good for Trump.

To disbelieve Comey is to imagine that he wrote a fictitious account of his interactions with the president before being fired but that his fabrication didn't include a direct order from Trump.

If Trump would shoehorn loyalty into that conversation, could I see him mentioning it to Comey? "But that's all a matter of how he conducts his job, and what his relationship is with the president is not a legal question".

That statement stands in stark contrast to Comey's.

On Friday, the leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee's investigation said they had asked Comey for his notes and memos about his discussions with Trump, and asked the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey.

'I don't know if there are tapes, ' he told George Stephanopoulos.

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