Trump: I Never Told Comey To Let Flynn Investigation Go, Never Asked Him to Pledge Allegiance

Chris Menahan
Jun. 10, 2017

President Trump rebutted former FBI Director James Comey's testimony during a joint news conference on Friday with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, saying he never told Comey to let the Flynn investigation go and never asked him to pledge allegiance.

Trump also said he'd be "100 percent" willing to testify on the matter under oath.

Transcript via
DONALD TRUMP: Who would like to ask? Should I take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news? Should I do that? Go ahead, Jon. Be fair, Jon.

JON KARL: Absolutely.

TRUMP: Remember how fair you used to be before I ran? Such a nice man.

JON KARL: Always fair. Mr. President, I want to get back to James Comey's testimony. You suggested he didn't tell the truth in everything he said. He did say under oath that you told him to let the Flynn -- you said you hoped the Flynn investigation -- he could let go

TRUMP: I didnt say that.

KARL: So he lied about that?

TRUMP: Well, I didn't say that. I will tell you, I didn't say that.

KARL: And did he ask you to pledge --

TRUMP: And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I read today but I did not say that.

KARL: And did he ask you for a pledge of loyalty from you?

TRUMP: No, he did not.

KARL: So he said those things under oath. Would you be willing to speak under oath and give your version of

TRUMP: 100 percent. I hardly know the man. I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance. What would do that. Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath. Think of that. I hardly know the man. It doesn't make sense. I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.

KARL: So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you --

TRUMP: I'd be happy to tell you what I just told you.

KARL: And you seem to hint that there are recordings of those conversations.

TRUMP: Im not hinting anything. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time. I'm not hinting at anything. Okay. Do you have a question here?

KARL: When will you tell us about the recordings?

TRUMP: Over a very short period of time.

REPORTERS SHOUTING: Are there tapes, sir?

TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don't worry. John, do you have a question for the president?
That really sounds like he's hinting he's got tapes. Trump allegedly has a long history of secretly recording phone calls.

If he has tapes, and James Comey perjured himself under oath, it's going to be one of the most epic scandals of all time.

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