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Donald Trump calls Comey 'leaker', ready to respond under oath

Donald Trump calls Comey 'leaker', ready to respond under oath

A day after James Comey accused him of lying, President Trump returned the favor Friday and said he would testify under oath to dispute the ex-FBI director's claims that Trump urged him to drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"He's a leaker." The president added that some of the things Comey said on Thursday, such as Trump asking the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to pledge loyalty to him, "just weren't true".

Conway also said Comey's testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation.

The House committee also asked Comey to turn over his notes on the Trump conversations.

"And some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Trump, however, insisted that he never asked Comey for his loyalty, as Comey stated under oath in his congressional testimony.

Questions over whether such tapes exist have been swirling ever since Trump tweeted on May 12, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" He told reporters that he would tell them that "maybe sometime in the very near future".

While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday.

Donald Trump has blasted the former director of the FBI as a "coward" shortly after he testified as to why he was sacked during the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey's testimony added fuel to critics' accusations that Trump's actions around the Russian Federation probe might have amounted to obstruction of justice. "I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance", Trump said.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Mr Trump wrote.

"I hardly know the man", Trump said.

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously.

But, according to Trump Jr., Trump did tell Comey he hoped it would go away.

If Trump told his friends and family a different version of his meeting with Comey than he is presenting now, he could be setting himself up for perjury.

During his testimony, Comey also used the word cowardly to describe his own approach to not telling Trump he wouldn't drop the Flynn probe. While Comey has generally had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice, I was disappointed to hear that at the moment of truth with our new President, Mr. Comey failed to do his duty - speak truth to power.


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