Trump says '100 percent' willing to respond to Comey under oath

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Upset about the investigation into Russian interference in last year's election, President Donald Trump sought relief from James Comey, then the FBI director. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction". Trump tweeted on May 12.

"He's a leaker", Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, during a news conference with the visiting Romanian president.

Comey delivered scathing remarks about the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing and testified that Trump had asked him to drop a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former aide Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Trump said Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to confront Qatar over its behavior.

Trump doubled down on his team's effort to discredit Comey, accusing him of acting improperly by revealing their private conversations.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to obtain any tapes the president might have of his dealings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director's statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice. "And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that", he said.

He also seized on Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release contents of memos he'd written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter.

Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.

Comey testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he no longer has copies of his notes and had turned them over to special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning".

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president's.

Republicans mindful of the gravity of the moment worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that", Trump replied.

Trump was uncharacteristically quiet during Comey's thundering Senate testimony.

He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive. "This is a witch hunt and I don't understand it".

The Senate Judiciary Committee has been working to obtain the memos and any possible White House recordings of Comey's interactions with President Trump.

"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", he said. Four congressional committees have appealed directly to Comey and the Department of Justice to obtain the memos for review but have not yet obtained them.

"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document", he said. I hardly know the man.

By Comey's account, Trump asked him to help "lift the cloud".

On Thursday, Comey told lawmakers that he chose to tip the media off about Trump's "let this go" comment only after Trump tweeted about the possibility of a recording device inside the Oval Office.

KARL: And did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? "Maybe if I were stronger I would have". Daniel Richman, a Columbia Law School professor who serves as an adviser to Comey, confirmed to several news outlets that he was the person who'd passed along the information. "We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling".

While he spoke, many on Twitter expressed their incredulity over Trump's Comey claims.

Trump denied that took place.

"There should be no fuzz on this".

Trump has begrudgingly accepted that assessment.

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