“No, I didn’t say that“, Mr Trump stated abruptly, taking questions on Friday at a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden.
Trump was addressing reporters for the first time since Thursday’s explosive testimony in which Comey branded the president a liar, and said he was sacked over his handling of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian election meddling.
“Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future”, he said at the media conference.
We’ll also hear from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a top Trump critic, who said after the testimony that “the cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker”.
During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russian Federation investigation.
“Well, I will tell you I didn’t say that“, Mr Trump said before adding, “and there would be nothing wrong if I did say that according to everybody that I’ve read today”.
Trump raised the possibility he might have recorded his conversations with Comey last month when the president tweeted that Comey “better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations”. Dershowitz went on to say that even if we don’t like the President having that authority, he has that power and you can’t turn a Constitutional power into a criminal act. “But I did not say that”. “And some of the things that he said just weren’t true”. The committee is seeking the materials by June 23. Karl then asked if the president if he’s willing to “speak under oath to give your version of these events?”
Though Republicans worked to discredit Comey and to blunt the impact of his testimony, the ex-director’s statement deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 dismissal and about whether Trump’s actions constituted obstruction of justice.
When asked why Comey’s testimony vindicated the president when it was his words versus Comey’s, Trump said, “No collusion, no obstruction”.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Over a fairly short period of time.
On Twitter Mr Trump branded Mr Comey a “leaker” who could not be trusted.
“One hundred percent“, Trump said.
The Trump administration fired Comey in early May, citing his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
“I think the American public is asking for as much facts as possible”, said Zeldin, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Comey previously said he handed his memos to a friend, who was identified as Richman.