Trump calls Comey a liar
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:09
On Friday, June 9, Trump fired back at Comey, calling him a liar and a leaker, while at the same time, saying he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, both said Thursday they believed Comey's account of the events.
Mr Trump added he would be happy to testify under oath in front of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Verification of Comey's claims are seen as an important next step in determining if congressional investigators should start focusing on possible obstruction of justice.
Rendon, now in private practice at BakerHostetler, said she expects that, following Comey's testimony "the investigation will expand to include possible obstruction of justice". The House intelligence committee is seeking any tapes of the conversations. The White House has not confirmed if such tapes exist. The committee has not yet heard back if any tapes exist, and if so, whether they will be turned over.
"They forget that the taping system was there, so they have these conversations totally forgetting that they were recording themselves having them", she said.
Trump first alluded to the so-called "tapes" in a May 12 tweet, following Comey's claim of written memos on his personal meetings with the president.
Comey, a veteran career official at the FBI who was well respected by both Democrats, Republicans, and nearly every public servant he has worked with, put his name, his credibility, his honor and perhaps even his freedom on the line, when he told the committee that Trump had been lying, and that he was asked by the president to drop the Flynn investigation.
The Trump administration has also highlighted the fact Comey stopped short of accusing the president of obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. The former director even disclosed that the president demanded that he give him his pledge of loyalty if he wanted to keep his job as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
Trump said he will be willing to testify under oath to prove he did nothing wrong and that Comey was the one lying. He told senators he didn't feel comfortable telling Sessions that President Trump had pressured him to stop the FBI's investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.
He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed sworn testimony about a private dinner the two men had in the White House.
Later, during a White House Rose Garden press conference with visiting Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Mr Trump said, "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction". Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said: "100 percent".
Trump dodged questions at a news conference about whether, as he's hinted, the conversations with Comey were taped.
"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.
"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said.