President Trump to take questions day after Comey testimony
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:10
Trump also said he would be willing to speak to Robert Mueller, special counsel appointed by the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
US President Donald Trump at a media conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting president of Romania Klaus Iohannis. "But we want to get back to running our great country". The details came from meticulous notes that Comey compiled after each of the encounters, and Comey said he did not pass along any classified information.
Mr Comey interpreted Mr Trump's "hope" as a direction but did not relay it to the agency, in the fear of it having a "chilling effect" on their work.
TRUMP: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon.
Comey said he did not know if Trump taped their conversations, but would be fine with them being released if they exist.
When asked about whether he had recordings of his conversations with Mr Comey, which he has previously hinted, the president said he would address it at a later date. However, Comey didn't say that the president's words were part of an effort to obstruct his investigation.
When a reporter asked about Comey, Trump again said he never asked for the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe to be dropped - an act that experts say could constitute an obstruction of justice. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future", he told the press.
Hours later, Mr Trump ignored reporters when asked about whether Mr Comey was telling the truth.
"Who would do that; it hardly makes sense", Trump said dismissively of Comey.
Trump subsequently gave a non-answer to questions about possible tapes of his conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Mr Comey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with the president about Mr Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel.
Trump went on to add that, "there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it", referring to an ask to let the Flynn investigation go.