[OP-ED]: In his dealings with Trump, Comey was no hero

Alvin Kelly
June 14, 2017

During his testimony, Comey was asked by Sen.

Trump should have given a straight answer when asked whether he has tapes of his communications with Comey during last week's news conference, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN on Monday.

Donald Trump has a well-deserved reputation for shameless, pathological mendacity.

The Secret Service has handled recording systems within the White House for previous presidents.

During the joint White House news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump at times paused and teased reporters who had their hands up to pose a question.

"We want to be able to get his side of it", Republican senator James Lankford said.

Comey also said the president lied about why he fired him: "The administration then chose to defame me - and, more importantly - the Federal Bureau of Investigation. those were lies, plain and simple".

"Lordy", he said, "I hope there are tapes".

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"I didn't say under oath - I hardly know the man", the president said about Comey. "And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it".

Mr Trump asked Mr Comey to be loyal during a private dinner after the inauguration, and they ended up with a compromise of Mr Comey saying he would honour a pledge of "honest loyalty". "I think he's proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character", Trump said. Pirro has always been a go-to interviewer for the president and his allies when they need a sympathetic cable news host who will enthusiastically agree with them and not ask any hard questions. "I knew that there might come a day where I might need a record of what happened".

Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Trump replied: "100 percent".

Democrats are eager to take him up on that offer. As part of that process, Mueller will likely talk to Trump and Comey, but the inquiry will not end there.

It's hard to say for sure, but for now we could go with Rep. Eric Swalwell's theory that Trump's press conference wasn't meant to clear anything up, but was instead merely a "clownish performance by a reality show star".

In calling Comey's leak "cowardly", the president appears to be echoing Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who said the same on Fox News Friday. Are you kidding me? "I'm not hinting anything".

"You are going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", he said a bit cryptically.

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