WASHINGTON 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 he wanted him to drop the Russia election investigation.
There was “no collusion, no obstruction” of justice, Trump said during a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, adding that Comey is “a leaker” to boot.
Trump denied Comey’s testimony that the president asked him to let go of an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “I didn’t say that” and denied the former director’s claim that he asked him for a pledge of personal loyalty.
Tapes could resolve the dispute, but Trump against refused to say whether they exist, saying to reporters: “I’ll tell you that in the very near future.”
As his attorneys and aides have since Comey’s testimony, Trump said the ex-FBI chief vindicated his claim that Comey told him on three occasions he was not under investigation over possible collusion with Russians who hacked into last year’s election.
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While disputing Comey’s testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as “just an excuse” for Democrats to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russia.
Trump ignored a question on how he could accuse Comey of lying on one hand, and being truthful on the other.
Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers and other critics say Comey’s clams that Trump leaned on him to somehow drop the Russia investigation could amount to an obstruction of justice.
“I think he abused power,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Whether he obstructed justice remains for the facts to come forward.”
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