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

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

Trump, asked if he would testify under oath - which raises the significance of what Trump says far beyond statements on Twitter posts - said he would, "100 percent".

But Donald Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with the fired FBI Director were taped - an issue at the centre of conflicting accounts of what passed between them.

Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication" following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.

His father also brushed off the controversy surrounding James Comey's comments that he leaked memos of his conversations with President Trump.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said during his testimony Thursday.

Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of investigation himself for interfering in the FBI's work.

It's entirely possible that Trump Jr. misspoke and meant to say that his father never told Comey anything related to dropping the Flynn investigation, but in trying to support the Trump family's strongman image, Trump Jr. just made his dad seem like a liar.

Mr Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the Russian Federation probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice.

"I hardly know the man", Trump said at the press conference. "There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping, "' Trump said.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and friend and confidant of Comey, told Yahoo News on Friday afternoon that the proper response to any suggestion the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director broke the law by leaking a personal memo to the press was "laughter". This line of questioning, of course, is entirely owing to Trump having tweeted, after sacking Comey, that Comey better hope there are no tapes before he starts talking to the press about his ouster.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Republican Senator Susan Collins, who's on the Intelligence Committee, said Comey was wrong to leak his notes, but she defended him as well. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him.



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