Trump Accuses 'Cowardly' Comey Of More Leaks
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:03
Regarding the possibility of tapes of the conversations between Trump and Comey - a possibility Trump himself raised on Twitter - he demurred.
Mr Comey says Mr Trump fired him because of his Russian Federation inquiry.
US President Donald Trump has broken his silence on Twitter after James Comey's explosive testimony to accuse the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief of perjury. At the same time, the head of the panel said its investigation is just getting started, and a second committee may summon Comey to testify.
Finally, under oath, Trump should be pinned down on whether he asked Comey for a personal loyalty vow, and whether he told Comey he hoped he could let go the investigation into Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.
In nearly three hours of sworn testimony, Comey also said he orchestrated a leak to a New York Times reporter of a memo describing his conversations with Trump in the hope that it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
Almost 20 million United States television viewers tuned in to the explosive testimony.
Trump was appearing in a Rose Garden press conference along with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
REPORTER: [Comey] said those things under oath.
Trump stands alone in that assertion; all USA intelligence agencies, Comey, and even many Republicans, agree Russians did meddle in the election. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?"
"Who would do that?" The president's personal lawyer on Thursday denied that Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. I mean, think of it. It doesn't make sense.
Today, Mr Trump was coy when asked about the tapes, telling media at the White House press conference, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said. You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said. "I'm not hinting anything". They sent a separate request to Trump's White House counsel, Don McGahn, for any record the White House had of their meetings.
The committee want the material by 23 June.
The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House last month about such tapes.
By referring to "total and complete vindication", the president was likely thinking of Comey's confirmation Thursday that, as NPR's Jessica Taylor reports, "there was no counterintelligence nor criminal investigation of Trump individually and that the president was not personally under investigation".
Trump Jr. went on to say that his father was "vindicated" by Comey's testimony, which he called "basically ridiculous".