Trump willing to testify under oath on Comey

Nick Mcbride
June 13, 2017

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"I didn't say under oath - I hardly know the man", the president said about Comey.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump on May 9, repeatedly stated that Trump has lied in his accounts of their interactions.

But if any doubt remained, Karl settled it by asking if Trump would speak to Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the same topics-a conversation that, assuming it's a formal deposition, would take place under oath. "I didn't say - under oath, I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, I want you to pledge allegiance".

Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, disputed Comey's claim that Trump directed him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked again, Trump said: "I'm not hinting anything". On Friday he said he was "committing the United States to Article 5".

In testimony on Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey described taking notes about a series of one-on-one conversations he had with the president over the course of several months. Earlier in the day on Twitter, the president claimed "total and complete vindication" in the wake of Comey's testimony.

"WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

It was not immediately clear how Mr Trump's sharp condemnation might affect U.S. cooperation with Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 United States troops and a major USA air base that serves as a staging ground for operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins".

Trump said Comey's testimony also vindicated him from allegations that he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Instead, Mr Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him.

But the self-imposed silence didn't last.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director accused the President of telling "lies, plain and simple" after he was sacked from the intelligence service last month.

Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

Mr Comey had detailed this interaction in a memo, writing that the President told him: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Launching an extraordinary allegation against a key United States military partner, Mr Trump derided what he called Qatar's "extremist ideology in terms of funding" terrorist groups, an accusation Qatar has repeatedly and vehemently denied.

The president insists Mr Comey lied in parts of his testimony.

Now Trump may try to get back at Comey for, as Kasowitz said Thursday, joining those seeking to undermine the administration "with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications". "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

The Justice Department has denied that, saying Mr Sessions stressed to Mr Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.

On Thursday, Comey confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did write the memos, which he then turned over to his friend Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School to leak to the press.

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