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Assessing Trump's self-defense in Comey drama

13 Juin 2017

I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that, ' Trump replied.

He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign.

Trump asserted that the comments Thursday by Comey, whom he called "a leaker", had proved that there was no collusion, nor any obstruction of justice by the president.

Comey accused Trump in congressional testimony of trying to quash an investigation and lying.

So uncomfortable that he wrote memos after conversations with the president, to record what was said by whom. Trump was asked about Comey's testimony multiple times during a meeting with governors and mayors, but ignored all the questions.

Alan Dershowitz in the Washington Examiner on Thursday (History, precedent and James Comey's opening statement show that Trump did not obstruct justice), insisting that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's statement "strongly suggests that even under the broadest reasonable definition of obstruction, no such crime was committed".

Trump and aides pounced on that revelation, accusing Comey of improperly leaking privileged conversations.

In sworn testimony to the Senate on Thursday, Comey painted Trump as untrustworthy and admitted he asked a "friend", identified as a Columbia University law professor, to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.

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The House intelligence committee sent a letter to the White House demanding it inform the panel whether any tapes exist and turn them over by June 23. The President and the White House deny such a request was ever made.

After his dismissal, Comey leaked shocking details of a series of meetings with Trump, in which the president allegedly asked for Comey's "loyalty" and suggested that he shelve an FBI investigation into Trump's national security adviser.

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said, according to the AP. Here's the issue. Jim Comey even said he believes it's part of the Russian Federation investigation but trying to figure out what part it is.

"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added the president, who - when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about the encounters - responded: "100 percent".

Comey's almost three-hour testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was his first chance to speak in public about the meetings and conversations he had with Trump during the months before being fired. About the loyalty pledge from Comey, Mr Trump said: "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to ask him to pledge allegiance". "I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all".

During his testimony, Comey also used the word cowardly to describe his own approach to not telling Trump he wouldn't drop the Flynn probe.

"We should stop talking about obstruction of justice", Dershowitz said, linking to an interview he gave to Fox News.

A person close to Mr Trump's legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.

Assessing Trump's self-defense in Comey drama