Trump accuses Comey of lying, offers to talk to Special Counsel


Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senator: Comey "doesn't strike me as someone who would lie under oath" Sunday shows preview: Senate Intel members talk Comey testimony Senators challenge Sessions's "tough on crime" order MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday said he doesn't believe former FBI Director James Comey would lie under oath.

"I would be fine with issuing a subpoena", Collins said.

TRUMP: 100 percent. I didn't say... And frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. "And some of the things he said just weren't true". Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, delivered a scathing indictment of the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing in which he accused Trump of trying to block the investigation into Flynn.

Trump also addressed whether any tapes of his conversations with Comey existed. "I hope you can let this go". Think of that. I hardly know the man.

Trump was publicly silent while Comey testified on Thursday, but tweeted Friday an accusation that Comey - whom Trump fired in May - lied under oath. It doesn't make sense.

With a single tweet, Trump also castigated Comey for giving an account of his conversation with the president to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet. He said he did this because felt the investigation may have reached a point at which a special counsel needed to be appointed.

Mr Trump had stayed unusually quiet on Thursday, refraining from weighing in on the testimony gripping the country both on Twitter and at several public appearances.

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During a news conference Friday, Trump said he'd have more information related to whether tapes exist at a later date.

The press will find out "over a fairly short period of time", he said, adding: "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".

The leaders of the House Russia investigation, Reps. He also said he took Trump's comments about the Flynn probe "as a direction".

Comey leaked his own memos to the press (well, technically, he asked his friend, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman to do it).

As FBI director, Comey oversaw the bureau's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

According to CNN, Mr Trump's outside counsel Marc Kasowitz is planning to file a complaint against Mr Comey with the Justice Department Inspector General and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

There's your "smoking gun", folks.