Trump 'prepared to testify' over exchanges with Comey

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Trump replied: "100 percent".

The former FBI leader told the Senate that Trump was not - at the time - personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe, confirming what Trump wrote in his May 9 letter dismissing Comey.

Comey had laid bare on Capitol Hill months of distrust of the president, bluntly asserting that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

Wallace pointed out that Comey confirmed Trump was never the target of any FBI investigation, and he didn't accuse him of any obstruction of justice.

Comey testified he had nine one-on-one conversations with Trump - and detailed each in memos just after they met for fear that the president would subsequently lie about their interactions.

Mr Trump denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into his former national security adviser to be dropped.

Comey said in Senate testimony he leaked contents of his notes in hopes of prompting the appointment of a special counsel.

Hours later, Mr Trump ignored reporters when asked about whether Mr Comey was telling the truth.

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I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document, " Comey said.

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"That didn't make sense to me for a whole bunch of reasons, including the time and all the water that had gone under the bridge since those hard decisions that had to be made", Comey said.

On Friday, Trump called the testimony a "total and complete vindication" of him. I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he told local media.

President Trump suggested Sunday that former FBI Director James Comey's leak of memos detailing their conversations may be illegal - and are far more damning than what was in them.

When asked whether there are any recordings of the president's conversations with Comey, the president demurred, saying he would address it "over a very short period of time".

Reporters quizzed Mr Trump if Mr Comey had been "lying under oath".

Trump's private lawyer to file leak complaint against Comey with DOJ's Inspector General & Senate Judiciary Cmte. "He's a leaker", he said of Comey. In the end, a special counsel was appointed.

The Senate committee sent a request for Comey's memos from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on and a separate request to the White House for any records kept by Trump, on May 17.

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