Trump says Comey committed perjury

Trump also blamed the Democrats for Comey's Thursday testimony, touted his election win, and said Comey's statements exonerated him of collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice.
By David Sims | Jun 11, 2017
During a news conference Friday with the president of Romania, President Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying under oath to Congress when he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump had pressured him to drop his investigation into former national security advisor Michael T. Flynn.

Trump also blamed the Democrats for Comey's Thursday testimony, touted his election win, and said Comey's statements exonerated him of collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice.

"That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election they shouldn't have lost," Trump said, as reported by The New York Times. "It was just an excuse, but we were very, very happy, and frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true."

Trump flatly contradicted Comey's sworn testimony, saying he never asked the former FBI director to drop the investigation of Flynn or demanded a pledge of loyalty.

"I didn't say that," Trump asserted, referring to the request to let go of the investigation, adding, "And there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it."

Lawyers for the president intend to file a complaint with the Department of Justice Inspector General regarding his testimony that he arranged a leak to the media of his contemporaneous account of a conversation with Trump. But Comey said Thursday that the memo a friend of his leaked was neither classified nor a privileged communication.

The president again refused to say whether he had taped recordings of his conversations with Comey.

"I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time," Trump said. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer."

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