By Garth Kant - WND.com |
The war of words between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey may have just gone nuclear.
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, Trump, in so many words, accused Comey of lying under oath when he testified before the Senate Intelligence committee on Thursday.
The president said two key points in Comey’s testimony were not true:
That the president had asked the former FBI director to drop the investigation into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn,
And that the president had asked Comey to swear his loyalty to him.
Asked if he would give his version of events under oath, the president replied, “One-hundred percent.”
Trump said he would be “glad” to repeat his assertions to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and whether anyone on the Trump team colluded with Russia.
Trump ridiculed the contention that he would ask Comey for his loyalty.
“I hardly know the man,”said an incredulous Trump. “I’m not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance.”
“Who would that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense. No, I didn’t say that and I didn’t say the other.”
By “the other,” Trump was referring to Comey’s contention the president had asked him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn.
Trump did say parts of the former FBI chief’s testimony vindicated what the president has been saying all along, there was collusion by the president or his associates with Russia and that he did not attempt to obstruct of justice attempt.
But, he added, what it also revealed is that Comey is a “leaker.”
Trump fired Comey as FBI director on May 9.
The president was also asked if there recordings of his conversations with Comey as he had suggested in a tweet.
Trump said that reporters would find out very soon, but “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”