Trump '100 Percent' Willing to Speak Under Oath About What He Told Comey

By Melanie Arter | June 9, 2017 | 4:14pm EDT
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( - President Donald Trump said Friday he is "100 percent" willing to speak under oath giving his version of interaction with former FBI Director James Comey.

During a joint press conference with the president of Romania, Trump was asked about Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. 

A reporter asked the president about Comey's assertion that Trump told him "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go," referring to the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.

"I didn't say that," the president said Friday.

"So he lied about that?" the reporter asked.

"I didn't say that," Trump said again. "I mean I will tell you I didn't say that, and there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I read today, but I did not say that."

"And did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? That's another thing he said," the reporter asked.

"No he did not," the president said. (Comey actually testified that the president asked for a pledge of loyalty from Comey.)

When asked whether the president would be willing to speak under oath to his version of those events, Trump said, "100 percent."

"I didn't say under oath - I hardly know the man," the president said about Comey. "I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance. Who would do 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."

"So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that--" the reporter said, referring to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigation Russia's interference in the U.S. election.

"I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I told you," the president said.

When asked whether there are any recordings of the president's conversations with Comey, the president demurred, saying he would address it "over a very short period of time."

"And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations," the reporter asked.

"I'm not hinting. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time. Okay?" Trump said.

When asked when that will be, the president said, "A fairly short period of time."

"Why can't you say now if there are tapes, sir? Why can't you say that?" another reporter asked.

"You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don't worry," Trump said.

Earlier, a reporter asked about the president's tweet on Friday that said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

When asked why Comey's testimony vindicated the president when it was his words versus Comey's, Trump said, "No collusion, no obstruction. He's a leaker, but we want to get back to running our great country. Jobs, trade deficits - we want them to disappear fast. North Korea - big problem. Middle East, a big problem. So that's what I'm focused on. That's what I have been focused on, but yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. 

"We are doing really well. That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's almost impossible for the Democrats to lose the electoral college, as you know," the president said.

"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. So it was just an excuse, but we were very, very happy, and frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things just weren't true," Trump said.

The reporter also asked if there were tapes of Comey's conversations with the president.

The president said, "I'll tell you about that some time in the future."

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