President Trump and Romanian President Iohannis at Rose Garden press conference, June 9, 2017.
Speaking the day after Comey delivered a scathing indictment of the president at the Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. president again denied two key claims made by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and labelled him a "leaker". White House aides said the president's support was implied even though he deliberately did not utter the words.
Trump's silence, they wrote, could be spun into a "dangerous narrative" about USA commitment in the event of an attack, helping US adversaries.
The pledge came as Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress about their private exchanges.
He further denied ever asking Comey for his "loyalty", contradicting Comey's detailed allegations in his sworn testimony.
James Risch, R-Idaho. Whether Trump's behavior and comment amount to obstruction of justice, however, depends not on how Comey understood the comment, but Trump's intent in delivering it. Finding that out, as Comey noted, is now up to the special counsel, Robert Mueller. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into Flynn, his former national security adviser, as an order coming from the president.
Trump then went on to be equally confusing about whether or not his conversations with Comey had been recorded ... and to turn up the burners on a new Middle East war.
Seven House Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Smith of California, the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, sent Trump a letter Friday urging him to make an explicit commitment.
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"One hundred percent. I didn't say, under oath, I hardly know the man".
As he did in a message on Twitter Friday morning, Trump called Comey a "leaker".
"I'll be glad to tell [Robert Mueller] exactly what I just told you", Trump said when a reporter inquired what he would tell the Special Counsel investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 USA presidential election and colluded with the current President's campaign.
President Iohannis also had talks with the United States congressmen about having Romania included in the VisaWaiver program.
But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened the clouds hanging over the White House. I mean, I will tell you I didn't say that.
"I'd be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you", Trump added.
Bob Inglis, a Republican former congressman who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998, suggested Trump might be in particularly hot water. No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other.
Mr Kasowitz plans to file a complaint early next week about Mr Comey's disclosure of conversations with the president, a person close to the legal team said on Friday.
Rather, Trump must be premeditatedly pushing an alternate reality knowing that his base will believe anything, that if he says something, no matter how obviously incorrect it is, his core supporters are desperate to believe him.