Do Republicans Really Want to Stage a Trump vs. Comey Credibility Contest?

Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

The president on Friday also largely deflected questions about the potential existence of secret recordings of his conversations with Comey, telling reporters he would provide more information on the issue "sometime in the very near future".

The brief news conference - where each President will take two questions from the press - comes the day after James Comey's bombshell Capitol Hill testimony in which the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director accused the White House of "lies".

When he testified before the Senate last week, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of the conversations.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible", Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

But President Donald Trump's newest week-long initiative could very well be derailed and plagued, once again, by a top law enforcement official's testimony amid continued swirls of the investigation into his campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation.

"So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that-" the reporter said, referring to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigation Russia's interference in the USA election.

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

President Trump on Friday afternoon will hold his first press conference since fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.

In contrast, Comey said he and President Barack Obama only spoke twice in three years, and one of those times was to say farewell.

As for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' upcoming Tuesday testimony on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Hume said he will have to "explain his role in the Comey firing".

His hunch was correct, and the very next day former FBI director Bob Mueller was appointed to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation.

Comey said he leaked information partly in response to a Trump tweet in which the president appeared to threaten him and suggested there might be tapes of their conversations.

The Senate Committee pulled no punches in its line of questioning, asking Comey if the president obstructed justice, but Comey declined to comment.

"I didn't say that", said Trump referring to the Comey testimony, indicating that Trump asked that the investigation go away.

Comey said he responded that what he could offer was "honesty".

Comey's high-profile testimony also has turned part of the spotlight on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be questioned about Russian Federation next week when he appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

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