WASHINGTON, D.C. — A visibly angry President Trump said on Friday he’s ready, willing and able to respond to the allegations put forth during fired FBI James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday and he’s prepared to do it under oath.
Speaking at a joint press conference in the Rose Garden with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump called Comey a “leaker” and maintained that his decision to fire the former fed was directly related to his sub par handling of the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I didn’t say that,” Trump told reporters when asked about Comey’s claim that the president pressured the then FBI director to back off on the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Asked if he would be willing to give his version of events under oath, Trump replied: “100 percent.”
“I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you,” the president added.
When pressed for further comment on whether or not he was willing to say that Comey lied under oath, Trump stopped short of flat out calling Comey a liar.
“There would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today,” Trump said. “But I did not say that.”
On Comey’s allegation that Trump told him he “demanded loyalty”, the president responded, “I hardly know the man, I’m gonna say, ‘I want you to pledge allegiance.’ Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?”
When asked about the existence of tapes that may contain the recorded conversations between Trump and Comey –a possibility that Trump himself hinted of on Twitter — the president played coy.
“I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future,” he said. “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry,” he intimated.
As for why Democrats he feels his detractors are pushing so hard for “proof” of collusion between himself and Russia, the president said the could only surmise the attempt “an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost.”