After Comey accuses Trump of lying, President calls him a 'leaker'

Elias Hubbard
June 10, 2017

Marc Kasowitz, Trump's outside counsel, rebutted the claims in a statement Thursday afternoon - pivoting to Comey's admission that he allowed the leak of information from his unclassified memos to news organizations in an attempt to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Meanwhile, a congressional panel asked for any tapes of their conversations. Trump responded Friday by saying Comey was a liar.

"Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers", he said.

Following a short, albeit, welcome Twitter hiatus during Thursday's James Comey hearing, Trump took to Twitter early Friday to comment on the damning testimony that, among other things, accused him of lying about the former FBI director's termination and pressuring him to drop the Michael Flynn investigation.

Almost 20 million U.S. television viewers tuned in to the explosive testimony.

Later, during a White House Rose Garden press conference with visiting Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Mr Trump said, "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction".

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. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?

"I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons", he said, instead asking a friendly law professor to share his written recollection of those conversations with a reporter. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?".

"Who would do that?". Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said, "100%". "Think of that. I hardly know the man".

TRUMP: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you.

Trump: I'm not hinting anything. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who are leading the House Intelligence Committee investigation on Russian interference into the 2016 election, wrote to White House counsel Don McGahn to request the tapes, and gave a deadline of June 23.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House last month about such tapes.

Legal experts questioned whether Mr Trump's private encounters with Comey could be considered privileged.

Richman's role in sharing details with a reporter of Comey's memo documenting his conversations with Trump will reportedly be addressed Monday, Politico and CNN reported on Friday. Dershowitz said he finds it incredible that the media didn't quote the most relevant part of Comey's testimony which is when he said the President under the Constitution has the authority to end the Flynn investigation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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