Donald Trump: Happy to Speak 'Under Oath' to Refute James Comey

Donald Trump: Happy to Speak 'Under Oath' to Refute James Comey

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", he said.

He asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice. He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations.

"No, I didn't say that", Trump said at a press conference at the White House on Friday.

The pledge came as Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress about their private exchanges.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey, who was under oath at the hearing, had committed perjury.

Comey gave ammunition to the president's side, too, particularly by admitting that he had orchestrated the leak of his account of his most critical meeting with Trump with the express goal of spurring the appointment of a special counsel, which he accomplished.

"...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

"I hardly know the man", Trump said.

Iohannis says he's honored to be at the White House.

But the self-imposed silence didn't last.

On Thursday, Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Comey's testimony underscored the discord that had soured their relationship.

Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for the first time since he was sacked in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on the admission, casting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as one of the "leakers" set on undermining the Trump administration.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has warned that Trump may bring down his own presidency while James Lankford has said that Trump's interactions with Comey have "very inappropriate".

He said that Comey's testimony may result in some political damage for the president, but he believes it was actually a pretty good day for him in a legal sense.

Trump said his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony, while also offering a blunt assessment of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

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