Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

There's a split in the Trump camp over how to approach Comey's testimony, with some supporting Trump's assertion that the conversation never happened, while others say he was too incompetent to be responsible for what he said.

US President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, maintaining that Comey's testimony a day earlier had shown "no collusion, no obstruction". An independent investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller is now handling the Russian Federation investigation and there are many questions to be answered, foremost among them why Trump seems so attracted to Russian Federation - a traditional adversary of the US. Meyers said. "Even at Chipotle, you have to shadow someone for a week". "Think of that. I hardly know the man". He painted a picture of an overbearing president who he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the FBI Flynn probe. Legal experts and pundits say that, along with the firing of Comey itself, could amount to obstruction of justice. Trump desperately wanted the Russian Federation investigation to end.

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.

Mr Kasowitz said yesterday following the hearing that Mr Comey could be investigated for leaking information, and suggested he may have lied in his sworn Senate testimony.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe.

Comey's testimony was the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years.

Despite Comey's detailed and contemporaneous documentation, Trump has repeatedly denied saying either thing. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos in his possession about the discussions he had with Trump before being abruptly fired last month.

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The argument from Trump and his allies is supposed to be that the president didn't say what Comey claims, but the argument from Donald Trump that the president did make those comments, his father's denials notwithstanding, though they shouldn't be seen as controversial.

Schumer said Trump could "clear up that cloud" surrounding his presidency by testifying or publicly releasing tapes he alluded to recording his interactions with Comey. So far, the White House hasn't produced the tapes.

"Obstruction of justice is clearly on the minds of a lot of people and I think it damages the president politically", he said.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter to the White House demanding it inform the panel whether any tapes exist and turn them over by June 23.

President Trump has reacted to fired FBI Director James Comey's dramatic testimony.

During his testimony, Comey also used the word cowardly to describe his own approach to not telling Trump he wouldn't drop the Flynn probe.

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