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Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'Will Trump Regret This?' President Vows to Testify Under Oath


A congressional committee wants to know if the White House did indeed keep tapes of President Donald Trump's private conversations with James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who testified in the Senate this week.

Speaking at the White House, he denied having asked for Mr Comey's loyalty or for an inquiry into a former White House aide to be dropped.

Friday, Trump said some of Comey's remarks were true and some weren't.

Another reporter yelled: "Why won't you tell us now, Mr. President?"

Iohannis spoke of Trump's remarks last month about some members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation not spending enough of defense, saying he liked the USA president's speech on the matter.

Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump last month, testified on Thursday that he felt uncomfortable with the nature of his personal meetings with the President.

Comey also said in his testimony that Trump asked for his "loyalty" during a dinner in January, but Trump insisted this was also untrue.

President Trump and Romanian President Iohannis at Rose Garden press conference, June 9, 2017. Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. Asked if he would speak to the issue under oath, Trump said: "100 percent".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Republican Senator Susan Collins, who's on the Intelligence Committee, said Comey was wrong to leak his notes, but she defended him as well.

"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate. I'm not going to say "I want you to pledge allegiance".

"Who would do that?" Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance. I mean think of it. "I don't know", Comey answered. "It doesn't make sense".

With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey as "a leaker" for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a law professor who shared it with a news outlet. After reporters pressed again, Trump said he would disclose that "in a very short period of time".

Shortly after the press conference, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said they had asked the White House whether there were any such tapes.

Schiff and Conaway provided a deadline of June 23.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to brush off the conclusion as Trump being new to the White House, but Sen.

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If either Trump's testimony or memos written by Comey about his conversations with the president turn out to be untrue, either man could be charged with lying to federal investigators.

The request comes the day after Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he confirmed reports of Trump asking him to "let go" of the FBI's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, said the White House and president propagated "lies" about him, and described a strained and tense relationship between himself and the president.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Mr Trump wrote.

Trump added to the mystery Friday by saying he will address the question of tape recordings "sometime in the very near future", while warning reporters they would be disappointed.

Mr Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Mr Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.

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