Donald Trump Ducks Answering If There Are Recordings with Comey
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 10:15
President Donald Trump on Friday said he is "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about his meetings with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, complaining that many things Comey said during the extraordinary public session "just weren't true".
President Trump and Romania's President Klaus Iohannis at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.
Trump Jr. said this suggests Comey could be behind further leaks of information that have plagued the administration.
Kathleen Clark, who teaches law at Washington University in St. Louis and is a specialist in government ethics, noted that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, prior to appointing Mueller, wrote a memo making the case for firing Comey.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which is also probing Russian election meddling, wrote Comey requesting his notes memorializing his conversations with Trump.
Asked if he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of the interactions with Mr Comey, Mr Trump replied, "100 percent". It was not a shining moment for Comey, who hid behind semantics rather than confronting Trump. Or did Trump go all the way to illegal behavior by directing Comey to tamper with a criminal investigation? "I think he's proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character", Trump said.
"Well, it was kind of a slightly cowardly way of trying to avoid telling him, we're not going to do that - that I would see what we could do", Comey told the committee. What we got at the hearing was the raw morality play, told in Comey's words, about his dealings with a president whose behavior frightened him.
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".
He also branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"The problem is that the president fired James Comey, and all the evidence I've seen thus far suggests that the president fired him in order to put a stop to the Russian Federation investigation", Painter said. On June 8, Comey took center stage at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, laying out a possible case for Trump's attempt to obstruct justice. There is an open counterintelligence investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign worked with that foreign adversary to help that campaign win the White House. If Trump insists on sticking with his story, he should have no problem doing the same. There are two realistic possibilities here: Either there are no recordings or what is on those recordings doesn't help Trump. Richman confirmed Thursday that he was the friend Comey testified who had discussed the memos with the press.