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100% willing to testify under oath about Comey allegations, says Trump

He denied asking Comey to end an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn

ANI  |  Washington D.C. 


United States President Donald has said he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former director James

"One hundred percent," said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony, CNN reported Trump, as saying during a Rose Garden news conference.

denied that he had asked for his loyalty, though, adding, "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it."

The President also denied Comey's claims that he asked him to end the FBI's investigation into national security advisor

Trump also declined to confirm the existence of recordings of the conversations, twice.

"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future," Trump said.

Trump said his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony, while also offering a blunt assessment of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker," he said.

This development comes a day after James Comey's bombshell Capitol Hill testimony in which the former director accused the of "lies."

Trump officially took questions from reporters for the first time in three weeks, standing next to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

The brief news conference, where each President took two questions from the press.

Earlier, Trump fired off an early morning tweet in which he said he had been "vindicated" by the James hearing, adding that the former director was a "leaker."

The tweet broke a mysterious period of silence on social media for the President, who until then had not tweeted since June 7.

On Thursday, Comey had accused Trump of firing him in order to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Comey told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee that the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the FBI after the President dismissed him on May 9.

The more than two-hour-long testimony saw Comey further informing that Trump had directed him to drop an FBI probe against former National Security Adviser

Comey said it should be special counsel Robert Mueller's task to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice, and therefore, had opened himself up to possible impeachment proceedings, keeping the allegations on in mind.

He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning."

Comey painted a picture of an overbearing president he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the FBI probe of Flynn.

has denied interference in last year's presidential elections, similar to claims made by the

First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 12:32 IST