'100 per cent' willing to testify over Comey conversations

  • '100 per cent' willing to testify over Comey conversations

'100 per cent' willing to testify over Comey conversations

President Donald Trump said Friday he is willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey and accused the latter of being untruthful during his testimony in Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Trump stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath at the hearing, which occurred a month after Trump fired him on May 9.

President Trump tasked Mr Kasowitz late last month with responding to matters arising from various probes of Russian interference in the election.

Trump was referring to Comey's revelation that he had passed on to a friend a written memo he'd made detailing a meeting with Trump at the White House - and had asked a friend to give it to a reporter for the New York Times.

"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate. "You have to run up the whole East Coast and you have to win everything as a Republican, and that's just what we did", Trump said.

Trump broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication".

Trump's legal team will file a complaint early next week with the Justice Department's inspector general. "The testimony that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to deliver today makes clear that Congress must begin impeachment proceedings immediately".

Standing with the president of Romania, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Mr Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defence pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at Nato's gathering in Belgium last month.

Added to that, Mr Comey, who has a long history of high-profile legal positions and who took meticulous notes directly after his meetings with the president, was a "dream witness", Mr Whiting said.

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. The president tweeted a veiled threat at Comey days after he fired him, writing, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Of course, that was a foolish hope in the first place, since even if such evidence existed, Comey was never going to divulge it in an open Senate hearing. Inevitably, that would induce the media to tell the world - incessantly - that Trump himself was under investigation.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: This led to another question for the president.

It was Trump's only tweet about Comey's testimony-so far-and comes ahead of a news conference planned Friday.

"It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed".

Bob Inglis, a Republican former congressman who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998, suggested Trump might be in particularly hot water.

Two sources familiar with what Comey said in the closed door gatherings told NBC News about the confirmation.

Comey told a Senate committee Thursday that he believes Trump fired him over the Russian Federation probe, and he accused the White House of lying about the details of the dismissal.

"Well, I didn't say that". "I hardly know the man". "This reminds me of the taping system...that Richard Nixon had - you remember that issue went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the president was ordered to turn over the tapes".

Republican Representative Peter King of NY told VOA that, overall, Trump emerged relatively unscathed from the Comey hearing.