U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied accusations by former FBI director James Comey that he tried to block an investigation into a former national security adviser, adding that he was willing to give his version of events under oath.
While disputing Comey's testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as "just an excuse" for Democrats to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russian Federation.
"Today, Reps. Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff announced that they sent letters related to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Russia investigation", the release stated.
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.
Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz said the president "never told Mr Comey "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance", rejecting a key allegation by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
He told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Trump because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document".
If Trump's account differs from Comey's account, Comey's contemporaneous notes, what Comey told his associates at the time and what Trump told associates at the time, the president could be in acute legal jeopardy. She called Comey an "honorable individual".
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Sessions added his own letter to that effect, and both documents were sent to Trump, who then fired Comey later on the same day, May 9.
US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (L) and US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (C) watch US President Donald Trump speaks wave during his visit to the US Department of Transportation June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
He said he would be happy to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 USA presidential election and colluded with Trump's campaign.
He also said that "100 percent" he would be willing to testify under oath to rebut Comey. "Whether he obstructed justice, remains for the facts to come forward, and that's what we want are the facts".
Since assuming the role of special counsel, Mueller has bolstered that reputation by staffing his office with former colleagues from the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and his former law partner James Quarles, who worked on the Watergate investigation.
"I think he abused power", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Trump said. "Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?"
"There's no, 'hey, I'm hoping.' You and I are friends, 'hey I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey". During his campaign, Trump often said it was time to "drain the swamp" in Washington of corrupt and self-dealing insiders.
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