" "Trump calls Comey "leaks" of memos "'cowardly'"

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2017

President Donald Trump said Friday he is willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey and accused the latter of being untruthful during his testimony in Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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.

Trump, his arms waving, objected to Comey's testimony that the president repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" during a private White House dinner.

President Donald Trump's counsel has just two weeks to hand over, if they exist at all, recorded "tapes" of conversations Trump had with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to the House panel probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump also addressed whether any tapes of his conversations with Comey existed.

Mr Comey said it was not up to him but instead the independent special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, Mr Robert Mueller, to decide whether Mr Trump broke a law. And, "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously.

Earlier on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to declare "total and complete vindication" in response to Comey's testimony.

So far there is no evidence that tapes of Comey and Trump's conversations actually exist outside of the White House, creating an air of mystery around the idea and distracting from the many already damning allegations around the Trump administration.

Mr Trump also seized on Mr Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release memos documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter. "And there'd be nothing wrong with it if I did say that, according to everybody that I read today, but I did not say that".

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.

Trump and his personal attorney have corroborated some of Comey recollections, but disputed that account.

Comey testified he arranged after his firing to surreptitiously share with the New York Times details drawn from one unclassified memo he wrote summarizing Trump's description to him of a "cloud" over his presidency and his hope that the FBI would let the Flynn investigation "go".

"I will tell you about it over a fairly short period of time", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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