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In support of the White House and his own lawyer’s statements denying the claims made by ousted FBI Director James Comey in his Senate testimony on Thursday, President Donald Trump earlier today emphatically said that he is “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about his interactions with Comey to dispute the fired agency chief’s accusations.
Trump expressed his confidence that he could give a sworn statement to Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into the alleged Russia’s election interference.
Trump said: “One hundred percent. I would be glad to tell him what I told you.” Trump made the statement during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump firmly accused Comey of making false statements about their private conversations. In fact, Trump said Comey’s statements even vindicated his consistent declarations that there was no collusion between him and Russia to influence the election and favor his candidacy.
Trump said: “Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. But we were very, very happy and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. And some of the things he said just weren’t true.”
Trump also stressed again during the press conference that he did not pressure Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, echoing the same denial earlier issued by his personal counsel, Marc Kasowitz.
The President also vehemently denied that he demanded a pledge of loyalty from his former FBI Director. He said: “No, I hardly know the man, (then), I’m gonna say ‘I want you to pledge allegiance’. I never said that. That doesn’t make sense.”
Trump declined to establish whether there are secret recordings of his conversations with Comey, something he hinted in a previous Twitter message. He left the issue hanging and told reporters: “You will be very disappointed when you hear the answer.”
Trump stressed in the end that his focus is in running the country, not his ousted former FBI Director. He said: “No collusion, no obstruction. He’s a leaker. But we want to get back to running our great country.”