President Trump Says He's 100% Willing to Testify Under Oath

In his first press conference since Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Trump told reporters he was "100 percent" willing to give a sworn testimony to the special counsel now overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

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".

President Trump said Friday he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in May. You have to run up the whole east coast and win everything as a Republican and that's what we did.

Trump cut Karl off, responding, "I didn't say that".

But there is a more fundamental issue with a privilege claim against Comey: Trump not only didn't invoke executive privilege in advance of Comey's hearing, in which the substance of his memos was discussed, he sent out a White House spokesperson early in the week to explicitly say that he would not be invoking privilege with regard to Comey's testimony.

What matters to everyone is the perception that government is in limbo during an investigation of Russian interference by special counsel Robert Mueller, Comey's respected predecessor as FBI chief, who can be relied on to find any evidence of obstruction of justice. All along, Burr and Warner have said they plan to meet with Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law.

But that memo was unclassified and there is at least one legal expert questioning the use of the word leak to describe Comey's action.

Comey, who was sacked from his position earlier this year, claims he was asked by the president to drop a probe into Russian manipulation of the USA election.

He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether President Trump interfered in the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier.

In his first public comments over the damaging case, Mr Trump dismissed the Senate hearing over the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election as a politically charged proceeding.

Mr Comey told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Mr Trump because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document".

Trump: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon. Sessions did recuse himself - meanwhile, Comey's refusal to say more about it leaves Sessions in a lonely spot in a cold city.

Rather than relieve the pressure, Trump's decision to fire Comey has generated an even bigger political and legal threat. Trump and his outside lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, both charged that Comey had not been truthful in that testimony. No I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.

And Comey admitted he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, betting - correctly - that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor.

TRUMP: 100 percent. I didn't say "under oath", I hardly know the man, I'm not gonna say "I want you to pledge allegiance", who would do that, who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? Comey says he effectively ignored both of Trump's requests, and was sacked in May.

While he spoke, many on Twitter expressed their incredulity over Trump's Comey claims. He accused Comey of saying things that "just weren't true".

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding", Trump said.

  • Larry Hoffman