GOP shrugs off Comey revelations, sticks with Trump

Frederick Owens
June 10, 2017

The most significant of the memos included one partially leaked to the New York Times, saying that Trump had asked Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

President Donald Trump says the United States is committed to the mutual defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, casting aside concerns that his failure to mention the commitment last month weakened the alliance.

Trump insisted on June 9 that he is being truthful and he is "100 percent" willing to testify under oath.

The president instead allowed surrogates to respond on Thursday, including his son, Donald Trump Jr., who posted dozens of tweets to his own account mocking Comey.

KARL: And, you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations. "I will tell you over a very short period of time".

After four weeks of the president and White House staff shirking and ducking the question from reporters, the House Intelligence Committee on Friday asked White House counsel Don McGahn to put the issue to rest and answer whether or not Trump recorded his conversations with Comey.

TRUMP: Remember how fair you used to be before I ran? The White House announced late on Thursday [Friday NZT] that Trump would be holding a press conference with Iohannis.

The House intelligence committee is asking the White House counsel whether there are any tape recordings or memos of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's conversations with President Donald Trump.

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"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said during his testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I'm very glad that due to your strong leadership North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chose to go against terrorism", the Romanian president said. Comey said he wanted to spur the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the investigation.

Mr Comey told the Senate committee that he felt he needed to get this information "out into the public square".

He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.

"I'm committing the United States and have committed, but I'm committing the United States to Article 5".

One of the things Comey told the Senate committee was that he believes he was sacked last month in an effort to "relieve" pressure on Trump from the Justice Department investigation. "He's everything that's wrong in Washington", Lewandowski said.

And, despite Trump's low approval ratings nationally, his core base of supporters remains firmly behind him.

Trump also retweeted a comment from attorney Alan Dershowitz, who had written: "We should stop talking about obstruction of justice".

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