Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump says he would be willing to testify under oath

Comey had last week said that he believed Trump asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which Trump has denied.

President Donald Trump refused Friday to say whether his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them - and asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

But the key moment came when Karl asked the president whether he'd be willing to rebut those claims under oath-because, after all, Comey was also under oath when he said them.

Comey told senators that he hopes those recordings exist because they would back up his side of the story.

Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recommended that the committee investigate "all matters relating to obstruction of justice and use its subpoena authority if necessary," after testimony in the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier in the week from Comey and four other current intelligence chiefs.

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On Thursday, Comey said under oath that Trump had lied multiple times to him and was "confused" when Trump said in May that he was firing him over low morale in the agency.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that, "That's a question I don't think I should answer in an opening setting". Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president-which under normal circumstances are private-said said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.

Allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to manipulate the 2016 election have - along with Trump's outsized personality - defined his presidency so far. The most significant example of this was his decision to fire Comey.

As a result of that episode, a special counsel was appointed to lead an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to the Kremlin. However, Trump and his attorney have disputed Comey's other assertions, including his claim that the president sought a pledge of loyalty.

One of these is Comey's assertion that the president said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting [Michael] Flynn go", in the Oval Office on February 14.

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With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey as "a leaker" for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a law professor who shared it with a news outlet.

"I don't remember any conversations with the president about the Russian Federation election interference", Comey said.

"In some sense, I thought it was a good day for the president", said John Brabender, a political strategist and President Donald Trump supporter, on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews June 8.

Comey also said the president demanded loyalty from him during a private conversation he had with the president. "Main Comey hearing takeaway: POTUS (an acronym for president of the United States) improperly said drop Flynn case & only refutation is 2nd-hand, error-filled stmt from paid atty Kasowitz", he tweeted.

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