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Trump to Reporters: Comey Statements Under Oath Weren't True

 Trump to Reporters: Comey Statements Under Oath Weren't True

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's testimony under oath before Congress on Thursday contained statements that weren't true.

Trump took questions from reporters in the Rose Garden outside the White House, in his first question-and-answer session with the media since May 18.
In answer to a reporter's question, the president denied he had asked for Comey's pledge of loyalty in a private meeting earlier this year.
"I hardly know the man," Trump said. "I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?"
He also said he did not ask Comey to drop the FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and possible ties to Russia.
And the president said he would be happy to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller about those allegations, telling reporters, "I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you."
Comey wrote memos about his recollection of those events because he said Thursday he did not trust the president to tell the truth about their conversations. Those memos are now in Mueller's possession, as he heads up the investigation of possible Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential campaign.
Trump was also asked if recordings exist of his conversations with Comey, as he has hinted in tweets in the past. Trump did not answer directly, saying only, "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime soon." Later, he told a reporter, "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer."
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