Trump lawyer criticizes Comey's leak to news media
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 4:18
President Donald Trump refused Friday to say whether his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them - and asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.
"I hardly know the man", Trump said, when asked by reporters about Comey.
"No I didn't say that", Trump stated abruptly, taking questions after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added the president who, when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about his version of the encounters, Trump responded: "100 percent".
"I didn't say that".
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".
"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", he said.
News said Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file a complaint with the Justice Department and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In nearly three hours of sworn testimony, Comey also said he orchestrated a leak to a New York Times reporter of a memo describing his conversations with Trump in the hope that it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
Comey said he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with Trump, including a private dinner at the White House.
"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey had committed perjury.
The President also said the statements made by Mr Comey had failed to demonstrate that he obstructed justice or that Trump campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The complaint from Kasowitz will focus on Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning.
"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump claimed. He said Trump told him he had "hope" that the then-director would "let Flynn go", and that he took the suggestion as a "direction". "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he said to the senators.
Trump wrote earlier on Friday on Twitter that the former FBI director had vindicated him by telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president had not been personally under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.
It would be up to the appropriate authorities to determine whether the leak should be investigated, Kasowitz said.