After talk of Comey's 'lies,' Democrats want Trump to testify under oath

Marco Green
June 11, 2017

Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee captivated Washington on Thursday by providing his take on one-on-one conversations with the president.

Standing with the president of Romania, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month.

"Whether it rises to criminality, I think there's significant doubts about whether it rises to that level", he said. "Who would do that?" When pressed, Trump said he would be willing to testify under oath "100%" but after answering the ABC question, Trump thanked the press corps and ended the conference, returning to the White House.

At a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump said he supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation charter's Article 5, the requirement that each member of the alliance defend each other if they come under attack.

Perhaps the most poignant points in Comey's testimony touched on not only the president's alleged attempts to influence the investigation into his then-national security adviser Michael Flynn but also, on the other side of the aisle, Loretta Lynch's attempt to influence how the Hillary Clinton email investigation was presented to the American people.

President Trump ended his Twitter silence on Friday, branding ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a "leaker", who vindicated him when he testified that the commander-in-chief was not personally being investigated as part of the probe of Russian interference in last year's election. The president, through his attorney, denied ever having said this to Comey, but it's Comey's word against Trump's, and Trump's word is beyond worthless.

Mr Trump tweeted earlier on Friday he felt "complete vindication" after the hearing. "However, a very imaginative New York Times opinion writer, Nicole Serratore, suggested the real reason was that the 6' 8" Comey felt sexually harassed by Trump.

When asked whether there are any recordings of the president's conversations with Comey, the president demurred, saying he would address it "over a very short period of time".

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

Previously, Comey refused to turn over the memos to a number of congressional committees when asked to do so.

"I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I told you", the president said.

The reporter hit the press conference off with a bang asking about the tweet that Trump sent out on Friday morning, specifically if there are tapes of conversations with Comey. That could now become an issue, she said. Comey claimed that his hope in doing so, immediately after he was sacked, was to force the appointment of a special counsel, which has now come to pass in the person of Comey's predecessor as head of the FBI, Robert Mueller. "He's a leaker but we want to get back to running our great country", Trump said of Comey.

"And I'm very anxious about his fitness".

Democrats will continue to lash out and contort Comey's testimony, but the facts speak for themselves.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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