Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Trump offers to speak under oath after Comey testimony Congressmen seeking any tape recordings of Comey with Trump
Christy Curtis | 15 June, 2017, 01:38

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously.

When asked whether the president would be willing to speak under oath to his version of those events, Trump said, "100 percent".

Mr Comey maintains that as a private citizen, he saw no problem supplying some segments of his testimony in advance to the New York Times.

President Donald Trump evaded a direct question about whether he has tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and toyed with the press about when he'd confirm it.

Almost 20 million USA television viewers tuned in to the explosive testimony.

The New York City federal prosecutor who expected to remain on the job when Mr Trump took office but ended up being fired said he was made uncomfortable by one-on-one interactions with the president - just like Mr Comey was. Trump cited that, as his outside lawyer has as well, as evidence that there was no collusion or obstruction in his administration.

Trump's outside lawyer insisted Thursday that it was Comey who lied when he detailed conversations between himself and the President, raising the accusation that Comey committed perjury while testifying under oath.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

I hardly know the man. And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't.

"Who would do that?". But: "I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case". I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense'. The President fired Mr Comey last month. 'And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I've read today, but I did not say that, ' he said.

"I'm not hinting. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time". The "collusion" reference is apparently to the White House's long-running contention that there is no evidence Trump's campaign colluded with Russian attempts to undermine the election.

If they do, they asked that copies of the materials be provided to the panel by June 23.

Media captionWho is behind the projections on the Trump Hotel?

Questions over whether such tapes exist have been swirling ever since Trump tweeted on May 12, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Trump, 70, took to Twitter on Friday morning to give his thoughts on Comey's testimony regarding potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Earlier Mr Trump had his silence on Twitter, tweeting he'd been vindicated and derided Comey as a "leaker".

Trump went on to deny that he had ever asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him.

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