Trump: Comey a leaker; his testimony proves ‘no collusion, no obstruction’

Trump said he is “100 per cent” willing to testify underoath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul RobertMuller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating. Trump also denied asking Comey for a pledge of loyalty. “One hundred per cent….I would be glad to tell him(special counsel Robert Mueller) exactly what I told you,îTrump said at a joint news press conference in the Rose Gardenof the White House with the visiting Romanian President.

Trump was responding to questions on Comey’s explosivetestimony in which he accused the president of trying to stopa probe into the alleged Russian interference in the USelections last year. “No collusion, no obstruction, heís a leaker, but we wantto get back to running our great country,” Trump said. “Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction.

We are doing really well,” he said. President Trump, however, refused to say whether hisprivate conversations with Comey were taped. He said people would know about it very soon. “Iíll tellyou about that maybe sometime in the near future,” he said.

“That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an electionthat some people think they shouldn’t have lost, because it’salmost impossible for the Democrats to lose the ElectoralCollege, as you know. You have to run up the whole East Coastand you have to win everything as a Republican, and that’sjust what we did,î he added.

“So it was just an excuse. But we were very, very happyand, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. Andsome of the things that he said just weren’t true,î Trumpsaid. Earlier, in his characteristic early morning tweet, Trumpsaid, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total andcomplete vindication… and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”

During his Congressional briefing organised by thepowerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday,Comey confessed that he leaked the information about hisinteraction with the US president. The information was leaked to a reporter of ‘The New YorkTimes’ through a professor from the Columbia Law School.

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