Donald Trump Ridicules 'Cowardly' Leaker James Comey
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 7:20
"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", said President Trump. He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations in his sworn testimony.
"So he said those things under oath", Karl asked. "I'm not hinting anything". I'm not going to say, I want you to pledge allegiance.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday an announcement would come "when the president is ready to make it".
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said. Standing with Iohannis, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month. On Friday he said he was "committing the United States to Article 5".
Trump struck back Friday morning on Twitter, declaring "total and complete vindication". "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Suggesting Trump's testifying could help clear the "cloud" hanging over the administration with regard to the Russian Federation probe. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from" political "sins".
He also said he "would be glad to" talk to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign.
No, Thursday was not a good day for the Trump presidency. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him. But the self-imposed silence didn't last.
He questioned whether Comey's decision to leak details of his conversation with the president was illegal and cited the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's own testimony by calling him "very 'cowardly'".
Branding White House's "shifting explanations" as "lies, plain and simple", the former top cop was left "confused" by his firing after being told he was "doing a great job".
Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.
Mr Comey alleges that Mr Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.
Several Republican politicians also criticised Mr Comey for disclosing memos he had written in the aftermath of his private conversations with Mr Trump and branded the leaks "inappropriate".
Schumer has insisted that Trump's testimony could be done in a "dignified" manner, but there is a is doubt whether McConnell would agree to seeking such testimony. "As i used to tell juries, when i talked about a witness, you can't cherry pick it", said Comey in his testimony. She called Comey an "honorable individual".