Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence

House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence

Trump also said he would be willing to speak to Robert Mueller, special counsel appointed by the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

During the hearing, Comey repeated his allegations that Trump asked him for his loyalty and later asked him to let former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn off the hook under oath.

Comey wanted to prevent the appointment of a special counsel for Hillary Clinton, who was the subject of an FBI investigation, but he wanted to "prompt" the appointment of a special counsel for President Trump, who was not the subject of an FBI investigation.

During the news conference on Friday, Trump also repeated his lawyer's assertion Thursday that Comey's testimony had vindicated him and showed he did nothing wrong.

But once that excuse fell apart, Trump himself said he fired the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director over the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

"It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee.

"Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. But I did not say that".

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But Trump continued to tease whether there were recordings of his conversations with Comey. If they do, the committee wants copies by June 23.

"Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said - and some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said in his first on-camera remarks following Comey's testimony. "I think asking for loyalty is something that would not be unusual, that you would ask anybody serving in these types of positions".

Trump's omission in Brussels raised concerns on both sides of the Atlantic.

But the President has accused Mr Comey of being a "leaker" anyway. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) laughed it off.

Another reporter yelled: "Why won't you tell us now, Mr. President?" "That didn't bother me one bit".

Even as Comey chronicled his disturbing encounters with Trump, he also affirmed some important strands of the White House narrative. He has represented multiple government leakers, including Linda Tripp, who was sacked from her government job after secretly recording and then publicizing tapes of Monica Lewinsky talking about her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.

Trump has a history of promising to deliver things that never materialize and is not known as a reliable truth-teller.

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No other conclusion is possible after a week of high drama and reality avoidance that would have wrecked the president's good name - if he had one.

Trump says Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

And Republicans close to the investigation are similarly pained by the questions raised by the conflicting accounts. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, "Why didn't you stop and say, 'Mr".

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Reporters asked Blunt if he stood by that assessment, even though Trump's version of events was incompatible with Comey's. Blunt denied the two accounts differ.

Lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file the complaint with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department's inspector general, CNN said, citing unidentified sources.

Trump also accused Comey of lying to Congess during his testimony on Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee - an offense that can land a person in prison for up to five years.

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