Trump is willing to testify under oath on Comey

Olive Rios
June 10, 2017

Also, Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them.

On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee sent letters to White House Counsel Don McGahn, asking "whether any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump now exist or have in the past". They asked that any material be made available by June 23.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", the former FBI director said. "Now is the time for a lot of hard spade work". That is a crime, not unlike obstruction of justice.

In that testimony, Comey said that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not a target of the FBI probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties.

Trump would not answer directly when asked if he did indeed record his conversations with Comey, as he has suggested on Twitter. "Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?"

The investigation does not end with Comey's conversations, or the tapes, however.

Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account Thursday as Comey accused the administration of spreading "lies", struck back with an early morning tweet in which he said, "Wow, Comey is a leaker".

"There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever, the Russians interfered in our election", Comey said. "If I didn't, I did it for almost all of them, especially the ones that were substantive", he said. And the list goes on.

As a former prosecutor, Malcolm said he would not take legal action against Trump based on what he heard from Comey's Senate testimony.

Comey testified that Trump told him on January 26 he expected loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the next month urged him to drop the Flynn probe. He knows it; Comey knows it; everyone knows and Trump confirmed it Friday during a Rose Garden news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Mr Trump insisted that Mr Comey lied in some parts of the testimony he gave on Thursday to the Senate intelligence committee. But here is what we absolutely know unequivocally about this administration: nothing they say can ever be taken a face value. "Go ahead, Jon", he said, gesturing toward Jonathan Karl, of ABC News. He also reiterated that the ex-FBI director, dismissed on 9 May, is a filter, referring to Comey's recognition of having provided some information to the press to put the arm on appointing a special attorney general for the investigation on the alleged Russian interference in USA elections. That could now become an issue, she said.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump on May 9, repeatedly stated that Trump has lied in his accounts of their interactions.

McClatchy's Greg Gordon, Lesley Clark and special correspondent Peter Stone contributed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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