Trump commits to NATO's Article 5
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 13:41
Asked directly if Trump would answer a call from NATO on Article 5, the clause of the treaty that states that an attack on one NATO state should be responded to as an attack on all NATO states, Trump said "yes, absolutely".
"But yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", the president said.
Trump cryptically refused to say whether those private exchanges were taped - a matter at the heart of the conflicting accounts of what passed between them at a time when Comey was leading an FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign.
The article offered its view on whether Trump's conversations with Comey were an attempt to obstruct justice.
In his opening statement, Comey somberly accused the Trump administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" in the aftermath of his abrupt ouster, declaring that the administration "chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI" by claiming the bureau was in disorder. But a day after the closely watched hearing, Trump struck back with an early morning tweet: "Wow, Comey is a leaker".
Trump was publicly silent while Comey testified on Thursday, but tweeted an accusation Friday that Comey - whom Trump fired in May - lied under oath.
Comey said he was "disturbed" by what he interpreted was the president's request to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security chief who misled US Vice President Mike Pence about his secret and repeated contacts with the Russian ambassador.
"100 percent. I didn't say under oath", said Trump. The Justice Department put out a statement late Thursday saying that Sessions had recused himself because of his involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - 'for that reason, and that reason alone.' BIPARTISAN DISCOMFORT It wasn't just the Trump administration that made Comey anxious about the need to protect the integrity and independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Earlier in the week, Trump took to Twitter to take credit for the Saudi-led move to punish Qatar, saying it could be the start of the end of terrorism in the Middle East.
"For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations", Trump said, calling on the Gulf nation to stop funding terrorism and teaching hate.
But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened clouds hanging over the White House. Remember how nice you used to be before I ran?
Karl: And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.
And he denied that he asked Comey for his loyalty, though he added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it". They argued Trump is accomplishing much more than the media coverage suggests.