During a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday, President Donald Trump said that former FBI director James Comey did not tell the truth during his Congressional testimony.
When asked about James Comey’s Capitol Hill hearing, President Trump today said that a lot of Comey’s statements were not accurate, therefore accusing him of perjury.
“…[S]ome of the things that he said just weren’t true,” Trump said.
Later in the press conference, a reporter followed up on this, asking the president if he was accusing Comey of being a liar. Trump said that he did not ask James Comey for his loyalty, something Comey had stated under oath yesterday.
“I didn’t say that…I will tell you, I didn’t say that,” Trump said, referring to asking for Comey’s loyalty. “And there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today, but I did not say that.”
When Trump was asked if he is willing to say this under oath, he responded, “100 percent.” The president later said that James Comey’s testimony shows that there was no collusion between himself and Russia, also dismissively calling Comey a “leaker,” referencing Comey’s statement that he leaked a memo to the media in order to prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor.
“No collusion,” Trump said. “No obstruction. He’s a leaker.”
In response to a question about whether Trump has tapes of his conversations with Comey, Trump said, “I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future.” Later, a reporter from CNN shouted out a question about why Trump won’t answer the tapes question, and Trump told him that he’s going to be disappointed with the eventual answer.
This is President Trump’s first time responding to the James Comey Capitol Hill testimony outside of a tweet posted early on Friday morning, in which Trump said that James Comey is a leaker. He also claimed that he had been completely vindicated, a point he made during the press conference today as well; Trump has said that he feels vindicated because Comey said that he told the president he was not personally under investigation.
On Thursday, a few hours after the Comey testimony, Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz delivered a statement accusing James Comey of being a liar and suggesting that he should be investigated for leaking his memo.
“We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated,” Kasowitz said.