Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over 'leaks'

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 15, 2017

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 US president's speech on the matter.

Comey testified he arranged after his firing to surreptitiously share with the New York Times details drawn from one unclassified memo he wrote summarizing Trump's description to him of a "cloud" over his presidency and his hope that the FBI would let the Flynn investigation "go". "I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '" he said.

Later, during a White House Rose Garden press conference with visiting Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Mr Trump said, "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction".

Comey admitted he leaked the information as part of the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement in USA elections and the connections of the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Russian officials.

The reporter then continued: "So he [Comey] lied about that?"

"I can definitively say that the president is not a liar, and frankly I'm insulted by that question", Sanders said at a White House press briefing. Trump: Well, I didn't say that.

Comey also spoke about Trump asking him for his loyalty, which the president denied Friday. "I would be fine with issuing a subpoena", she said. "I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that". "Who would do that?". However, Comey didn't say that the president's words were part of an effort to obstruct his investigation.

"So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that-" the reporter said, referring to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigation Russia's interference in the US election.

The House Intelligence Committee has submitted two letters to the administration related to the Comey revelations surrounding his meetings with Trump: one to the Department of Justice's special counsel Robert Mueller for Comey's personal memos, and a second to White House counsel Don McGahn, requesting information on any possible "recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump".

President Donald Trump punched back at James B. Comey on Friday, saying the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony to Congress the previous day showed Comey is "a leaker", turned Comey's accusation that the president lied back at him and vowed to testify before the Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear up the matter once and for all", she told CNN.

Trump wanted him to back off on the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and to disclose that the president himself was not under investigation, Comey said.

Trump answered reporters' questions with brevity.

Richman confirmed Thursday that he was the friend Comey testified who had discussed the memos with the press.

A USA president is given a wide array of immunities from criminal prosecutions. A president can be charged after leaving office.

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