Trump to Reporters: Comey Statements Under Oath Weren't True
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:02
Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump in May, delivered a scathing indictment of the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the Trump administration's characterizations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his work there as a justification for his firing were "lies, plain and simple".
Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.
Meanwhile, President Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz and members of the GOP focused on Comey's confirmation that the president was not under FBI investigation.
On Thursday, the former FBI director told the upper chamber that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty - and then asked him to demonstrate that loyalty, by dropping the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn.
One of these is Comey's assertion that the president said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting [Michael] Flynn go", in the Oval Office on February 14.
Trump, however, insisted that he never asked Comey for his loyalty, as Comey stated under oath in his congressional testimony. "I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance'". "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he said to the senators. "They just took issue with whether Trump directly asked Comey to drop the Russian Federation investigation".
"When he tells you to do something, guess what?"
"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", he said. "I will tell you about it over a very short period of time". "People are saying Donald Trump is a genius", he told The New York Times. "But we want to get back to running our great country".
Comey was sacked May 9 and Trump tweeted May 12, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton's loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey. The two men met for the first time recently, at a summit where Trump blasted other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not paying their dues.
Taking questions at the White House, the President of the United States said, to the world, "Should I take one of the killer networks, that treat me so badly, as fake news?"
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.
Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".
Comey was leading the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election before he was sacked by President Trump in May.
Karl: When will you tell us about the recordings?
"I think it's inappropriate for the president to testify publicly", Graham said on "Face the Nation".