Donald Trump says is willing to testify under oath about Comey claims

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

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".

Trump also disputed Comey's statement that he had sought a pledge of loyalty from him and indicated he may have recordings of their conversations which he will say more about "over a fairly short period of time", but warned that "you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

In his testimony, Comey recalled that during a private White House dinner on January 27, the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former top aide Flynn - who is under investigation over his Russian Federation ties - imploring Comey to "let this go".

Comey testified at a Senate hearing that he made memos after speaking to Trump on several occasions because he feared the president would lie about them.

"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said", Trump said, adding "some of the things he said just weren't true".

The President also denied Comey's claims that he asked him to end the FBI's investigation into national security advisor Michael Flynn.

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", he said.

Trump's claim of vindication from Comey's testimony is groundless.

The Trump administration has also highlighted the fact Comey stopped short of accusing the president of obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. The former director also maintained that he was sacked "in some way to change ... the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted". "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that".

"You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey. There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, "Hey, I'm hoping", Trump Jr said.

Today numerous media, including Buzzfeed and ABC, reported that, according to sources close to Trump's legal team, Kasowitz plans to file a misconduct complaint against Comey with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, as well as submit a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Comey's testimony and "other matters", the source said. "I think he's proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character", Trump Jr said.

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