Trump says he would testify under oath that Comey lied

Posted June 10, 2017

President Trump indirectly implied when addressing the press in the Rose Garden alongside Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, that firing former FBI Director James Comey and the drama that followed is a distraction to his administration.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. Without saying the words, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath to Congress.

Karl then asked Trump directly about Comey claiming under oath that the president said to him of the FBI's Michael Flynn investigation, "I hope you can let this go".

He says nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him.

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Trump made the statement on June 9 at a news conference in Washington with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in response to a question about the USA commitment to respecting Article 5 in case of military aggression on NATO's eastern flank.

Kasowitz also maintained that the testimony made clear that Trump "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone".

Trump officially took questions from reporters for the first time in three weeks, standing next to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Trump did not address the Russian Federation aspect of the question.

In his testimony on Thursday, Mr Comey said the memo whose contents he had a friend leak was not classified and therefore not inappropriate to make public.

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"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", he wrote at 6.10 am.

Senior aides to Trump had tried to get a statement of explicit support for Article 5 in the president's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation speech but it was not included, a senior administration official said.

Finally, Trump promised to reveal whether so-called "tapes" of his conversations with Comey actually exist "over a very short period of time".

The attorney is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general about the revelation next week, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak before the filing on condition that the person's name is not used.

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