Comey Testimony Crashes Columbia Law Website

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2017

In his first public remarks since the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump promised Friday that he will testify if asked - and said some of the things the former bureau chief said under oath weren't true.

"I didn't say that", Mr Trump told reporters when asked about Mr Comey's account relating to the investigation into Mr Flynn.

Comey said he believed Trump fired him because of the Russian Federation investigation, and Trump himself cited "this Russian Federation thing" as a motivating factor for his decision to sack Comey during an interview with broadcaster NBC that aired last month.

Trump said at joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. And there would be nothing wrong if I did say that according to everybody that I have read today.

The President later said he would "100%" be willing to testify under oath.

Trump said he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony, adding Friday that it showed "no collusion, no obstruction".

After Trump warned on Twitter that he may have "tapes" of that conversation, Comey passed along the memo to a friend at Columbia Law School.

Karl asked: "When will you tell us about the recordings?"

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"Well, I didn't say that".

As CNN commentators afterward questioned why Trump couldn't just come right out and answer the question about tapes, correspondent Dana Bash made a crack referring to Trump's reality-TV roots: "You've got to wait for the next episode!"

While Trump's attorney issued a statement defending Trump and attacking Comey for the leak, and Trump's son Don Jr. tweeted throughout the hearing, the president himself remained silent on the subject and did not tweet all day.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Mr Trump wrote, suggesting that Mr Comey, who was under oath at the hearing, had committed perjury. Are you kidding me?

Mr Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with the president about Mr Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.

On Sunday, Schumer also said he would like to clear up the matter of whether Trump does indeed have tapes of his conversations with Comey, as the president has suggested.

Hours later, Mr Trump ignored reporters when asked about whether Mr Comey was telling the truth.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, and Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top-ranking Democrat, announced after the news conference they have asked the White House to produce any recordings or memoranda that might exist of Trump's conversations with Comey. He replied, "I obviously can't comment either way", and said it's up to special counsel Bob Mueller to provide answers.

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