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Trump offers to speak under oath after Comey testimony

Trump offers to speak under oath after Comey testimony

US President Donald Trump on Friday denied multiple allegations leveled by former FBI Director James Comey, saying he was prepared to testify under oath to give his version of events.

The Trump administration fired Comey in early May, citing his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 United States presidential elections.

That tweet has prompted repeated demands from the congressional committees investigating any possible collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, and the process by which he fired Comey, for him to hand over any tapes that exist.

Comey testified he had nine one-on-one conversations with Trump - and detailed each in memos just after they met for fear that the president would subsequently lie about their interactions.

On Friday, Trump said Comey's testimony proved there was "no collusion, no obstruction" and that Comey is "a leaker".

Comey delivered scathing remarks about the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing and testified that Trump had asked him to drop a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former aide Michael Flynn and his alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Trump questioned whether Mr Comey's leaking of information to a journalist was illegal.

"Nobody would ask a man he hardly knew to pledge loyalty to him", he said.

"This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference", Collins said on CNN.

Comey said he did not know if Trump taped their conversations, but would be fine with them being released if they exist.

"And for this guy, as a politician, to then go back and write a memo, 'Oh I felt threatened, '" Trump Jr. said. Moments later, he added: "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

Daniel Richman, a criminal law professor at Columbia, later confirmed to reporters that he was the person Comey was referring to in his testimony.

Trump meanwhile on Sunday called Comey's decision to leak a memo of a private conversation "cowardly", questioned whether his actions were legal, and said he believed the ex-FBI director may have leaked other materials. "I don't think that's at all the case", said Ryan on Thursday.

"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you", the president said during a press conference at the White House Rose Garden.

Trump subsequently gave a non-answer to questions about possible tapes of his conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Congressional leadership at the White House in Washington, June 6, 2017.


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