Trump Eager to Rebut Comey Testimony Under Oath

Danny Woods
June 11, 2017

Mr Trump refrained from tweeting all day Thursday - even as Mr Comey accused his administration of spreading "lies" and suggested the president had attempted to influence the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump fired the former FBI director on May 9, later explaining that he made a decision to replace Comey because he was frustrated with the FBI's ongoing investigation involving possible ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.

Comey said he kept memos on his conversations with Trump - but hadn't with two previous presidents or other top Justice Department officials - because he "was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting".

The Senate judiciary committee, meanwhile, sent a request to Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman for Comey's memos.

Comey testified he arranged after his firing to surreptitiously share with the New York Times details drawn from one unclassified memo he wrote summarizing Trump's description to him of a "cloud" over his presidency and his hope that the FBI would let the Flynn investigation "go".

"Lordy", he said, "I hope there are tapes". To the extent they exist now, the Committee's letter asks that copies of such materials be produced to the Committee by June 23.

Trump, his arms waving, objected to Comey's testimony that the president repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" during a private White House dinner.

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In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Mr Trump last month, Mr Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that the president had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

Trump and his personal attorney have corroborated some of Comey recollections, but disputed that account.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said, later adding that he was "not hinting anything" about whether there were any tape-recorded conversations. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

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Comey's testimony provided several bruising moments for Trump.

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

"I called on him to do this yesterday", Murphy tweeted after Trump's press conference.

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