Trump won't say if Comey conversations were taped

Aaron Brown
June 10, 2017

US President Donald Trump, while addressing media on Friday, rubbished ex-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey's statement that the former had instructed the latter to let go of the investigation surrounding former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"I'm committing the United States to Article 5", Trump told reporters at a news conference Friday with visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday.

Social conservatives and evangelical activists were unequivocally in President Donald Trump's corner Friday at a major conservative gathering, offering a vibrant snapshot of the strong support the president still enjoys from the conservative grassroots a day after FBI Director James Comey's explosive testimony.

Still, Trump said in the speech that the memorial is a reminder of "what forever endures", including "the commitments that bind us together as one".

"Well, I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said. He said it is time for countries like Romania to be more involved in the burden sharing of defense spending.

Iohannis also praised the U.S.

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"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you John", Trump said.

Comey's testimony added fuel to critics' accusations that Trump's actions around the Russian Federation probe might have amounted to obstruction of justice. Typically, presidents send carefully calibrated signals that set clear expectations-telling the US's allies how much it can be relied on, and its adversaries how far they can push it. "There'd be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody I've read today, but I did not say that", Trump said.

Top administration officials, including Vice President Pence, have since said the United States is committed to Article 5.

For months, organizers of NATO's leaders meeting in Brussels tried to orchestrate an event that would extract that very phrase from the president in order to ease transatlantic concerns.

In his first congressional appearance since being abruptly fired by Trump last month, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign.

He also said he was stunned to learn that Comey himself was a leaker. But if Trump were to lie under oath, and Mueller and his team were able to prove that subsequently, it would constitute perjury.

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