US POLITICS

‘He’s A Leaker’: Trump Again Refutes Comey’s Claims

The president called the former FBI director a "leaker" and maintained there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia

US POLITICS
President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. — REUTERS
Jun 09, 2017 at 3:56 PM ET

During his first press conference since former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Donald Trump said on Friday that a lot of what Comey said wasn’t true and refused to deny that recordings exist of their conversations.

In the first part of his Rose Garden press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump echoed a morning tweet in which he said he felt vindicated by Comey’s testimony on Thursday detailing the history of their interactions.

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said. “He’s a leaker.” The president added that some of the things Comey said on Thursday, such as Trump asking the former FBI director to pledge loyalty to him, “just weren’t true.”

Trump, who said he was willing to testify under oath about the claims made Thursday, also refuted Comey’s statement that he asked the former FBI director to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The president was twice questioned on Friday about whether there are tapes of his and Comey’s discussions. After dodging the question the first time, Trump was pressed again, saying he wasn’t hinting at the presence of recordings.

“I’ll tell you about [it] over a fairly short period of time,” he said.