Will he or won't he? Maybe Trump should testify under oath

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2017

Donald Trump and his team already seemed prepared to moving towards a contest of credibility with former FBI Director James Comey, but at a White House press conference this afternoon, the president took the dispute to a whole new level.

According to Comey, Trump got him alone in the Oval Office and said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

President Trump once again took to Twitter Sunday to denounce revelations from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's congressional testimony - calling it "very cowardly" to coordinate the leaking of one of his memos to the press shortly after he was sacked. "Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said during his questioning. "Who would do that?"

The president replied "100 percent" when asked if he would deliver such testimony under oath to give his side of the story - just as Comey did on Thursday to the Senate panel.

Trump added to the mystery Friday by saying he will address the question of tape recordings "sometime in the very near future", while warning reporters they would be disappointed.

He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign. US intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation stole private emails and other documents from Democrats and released them publicly previous year to embarrass Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and aid Trump.

Trump told reporters he hadn't pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

Earlier, in a characteristic early morning tweet, Trump said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!". While Comey said he would welcome the release of tapes, Trump and aides refuse to say whether such tapes exist.

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But Donald Trump refused to say whether his private conversations with the fired FBI Director were taped - an issue at the centre of conflicting accounts of what passed between them.

The president and Iohannis first spoke of cooperation between the two countries in fighting terrorism, but the conference quickly turned to the Russian Federation investigation when Trump opened the gathering for questions.

Here are four notable disagreements over Comey's testimony, put in the context of what Comey actually said during the hearing and his prepared remarks.

"After only tweeting once Saturday to promote "infrastructure week", Trump sent a flurry Sunday morning, slamming the "#FakeNews MSM" for allegedly not reporting on economic progress and labeling Democrats "obstructionists".

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

After staying off Twitter during Comey's testimony on Thursday, Trump began Friday with a sharp critique of the man he fired last month.

Separately, Trump's private counsel, Marc Kasowitz, indicated Friday his client may file formal complaints next week with the Justice Department protesting Comey's handling of memos he wrote immediately after his conversations with the president. But he made clear his stance that Comey said nothing to the Intelligence Committee that proved Trump or his campaign associates were in cahoots with Moscow during the election or before he was sworn in, nor that Trump obstructed justice in his private talks with Comey.

"One hundred per cent", Mr Trump said.

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