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Trump accuses Comey of lying, offers to talk to Special Counsel

10 Juin 2017

A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday.

But Comey also confirmed that Trump was not being probed.

Following Comey's testimony, Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said that the President "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Comey stop investigating anyone", including Flynn.

Republicans, who have been pushing the need to punish leakers for months, have also jumped on the fact that Comey provided the content of memos regarding meetings between himself and the President to a friend, who then disseminated the information to the media.

He said the president had pressured him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Mr Trump fired for misleading the White House over M Flynn's contacts with Moscow's ambassador.

"I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?".

Comey said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.

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The House intelligence committee sent a letter on Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Mr Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past.

But the President has accused Mr Comey of being a "leaker" anyway. Mr Trump tweeted in his first comments since the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday.

However, Ms Collins said Mr Comey was wrong to leak his private conversation with the president. "Under penalty of perjury, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, 'I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.' We now know that statement is false", Pelosi said in a statement at the time.

Mr Comey has said that the memos he wrote were unclassified.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said during his testimony Thursday. No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii fired back at Trump on Twitter Friday morning, saying the president appeared to be accusing Comey of a serious crime: lying to Congress. "And some of the things he said just weren't true". Trump also said that he is willing to give his version of events described by Comey under oath.

Democrats, including Connecticut's congressional delegation, said Comey's written testimony showed that the president had acted improperly and raised questions about Trump's firing of Comey.