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Trump says '100 percent' willing to respond to Comey under oath

13 Juin 2017

I'm not hinting at anything...

Within hours, the bipartisan leadership of the House Intelligence wrote the White House asking for production of tapes with conversations between Trump and Comey.

"First of all, Comey was very clear that the memo that he wrote was intentionally written in unclassified form so that it would not be bound up in classification rules", Wittes said.

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Comey testified that after he was sacked, he orchestrated a selective leak in order to prompt a lengthy special counsel investigation of the president, knowing full well that the FBI had found no reason to place the president under investigation. "If there are tapes, please - and the presidency quibbled on this - bring those tapes forward".

"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said in reference to the twin controversies dogging his administration - accusations that his aides colluded with the Russian effort to tilt the vote, and that he sought to block the related Flynn probe.

The claim started a round of speculation about whether Trump had a means to back up his own accounts about what happened.

"[Trump] should voluntarily turn [the tapes] over, not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel", Collins continued. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

Senator James Lankford, a member of the same committee, agreed the panel needed to hear any tapes that exist. There's no "hey, I'm hoping'". If there aren't tapes, he should let that be known. If there are, my feelings aren't hurt. I'm good with it, ' he said during in his testimony.

"The administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader".

'When he's ready, ' Spicer said.

Trump added that he would "100 percent" testify under oath and answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.

'No collusion, no obstruction. Comey merely testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI.

Mr Trump asked Mr Comey to be loyal during a private dinner after the inauguration, and they ended up with a compromise of Mr Comey saying he would honour a pledge of "honest loyalty".

"I'd like to invite the president to testify before the Senate", the top Senate Democrat said on CBS News' "Face the Nation".

Arena says he's known Comey for a long time, and thinks he's an honorable man who gave honest testimony. One was that he thinks of President Donald Trump as a liar, and anxious about his propensity to lie. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance. I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense'.