US President Donald Trump commented for the first time on camera regarding former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony and claimed that he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller. He also said that he will share what he knows about the controversy soon. The White House was requested to provide any recordings of Trump’s conversations with Comey.
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US President Donald Trump held a news conference yesterday (Friday) and commented on camera for the first time regarding former director of the FBI’s testimony. The president claimed that he would be willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey.
“James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said,” Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference. “And some of the things that he said just weren’t true.” Trump added that Comey’s testimony also vindicated him from the allegations that he colluded with Russia during the presidential election. “No collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker,” Trump said.
When he was asked would he be willing to testify under oath to give his version of his interactions with Comey, Trump replied, “100 percent.” He said he would also be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating the allegations that Russia interfered with the election and possibly colluded with Trump’s campaign.
On Friday, leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said that they had asked Comey for the memos of his discussions with Trump and told the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey. The president was given until June 23 to comply with the demand.
During the press conference, Trump declined to answer questions from reporters about whether recordings existed.
CNN reported yesterday (Friday) that Trump’s lawyer is planning to file a complaint against former Comey. During his testimony, Comey admitted that he provided information regarding his conversations with Trump to a friend and then asked him to pass that information onto the press. “My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square,” Comey said. “So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter.”
Several hours after Comey’s testimony, Trump lashed out on his Twitter account, accusing the former director of the FBI of being a “leaker.”
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017