Worldwide

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

Trump says Comey not telling truth, willing to respond under oath

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called FBI Director James Comey's Thursday testimony a persuasive indictment of President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the direction of the Bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

He said the president had pressured him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Mr Trump fired for misleading the White House over M Flynn's contacts with Moscow's ambassador.

Comey said a decision was made not report to Sessions a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into Flynn, whom Trump fired for withholding information about his contacts with foreign governments.

When asked by a Senator at the hearing if the president's request to Comey to "let this go" in reference to the Flynn probe amounted to obstructing justice, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said, "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". (To be vindicated is to be cleared of suspicion.) He seemed to be referring to a May 9 letter to Comey announcing his firing, in which the president said that the FBI director informed him, "on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation".

President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication".

Comey's high-profile testimony also has turned part of the spotlight on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be questioned about Russian Federation next week when he appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

"One hundred per cent.I would be glad to tell him (special counsel Robert Mueller) exactly what I told you", Trump said at a joint news press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House with the visiting Romanian President. This is arguably the most moonwalking-ass administration ever in the history of president-ing, so I don't believe anything that the president says.

"Everything that went on in the Comey testimony was basically ridiculous", Trump Jr. said during an appearance on Fox News" Justice with Judge Jeanine.

"I didn't say that", Trump said Friday.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

On Friday, Trump called the testimony a "total and complete vindication" of him.

Meanwhile, the Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives said today there was no question that Mr Trump abused his power in interactions with Mr Comey but she said it remained to be seen if he had obstructed justice.

Within hours, the bipartisan leadership of the House Intelligence wrote the White House asking for production of tapes with conversations between Trump and Comey.

Mr Trump on Sunday accused Mr Comey of "cowardly" leaks in a tweet and predicted many more from him.

Comey, on the other hand, said during his Senate Intel Comittee testimony "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", so there seems to be some confusion between the two men over who would benefit from audio of their talks leaking.