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Trump denies key Comey claims, willing to testify under oath (Reader Poll: Will Trump actually testify?)

Trump denies key Comey claims, willing to testify under oath (Reader Poll: Will Trump actually testify?)

“No collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker”

Donald Trump has laid down the gauntlet, or maybe taken the bait, on key portions of James Comey’s Senate testimony.

We’ll have a transcript and video when available. Here are the key Trump points: Never told Comey to close Flynn investigation, never asked for loyalty pledge, willing to testify under oath.

On the issue of whether he has tapes of his conversations with Comey, Trump said he’ll let people know in the near future, and the media won’t like it – “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”

It goes without saying that testifying under oath, particularly before a Special Counsel, is supremely risky. Just ask Scooter Libby. Or Bill Clinton. Either Trump has tapes and is supremely confident, or believes there are no tapes and therefore he is not at legal risk.

What if Comey has tapes? Did anyone ask him that during his testimony yesterday?

I’m guessing Trump’s lawyer is never going to let this happen. But I’ve guessed wrong about Trump so many times that I may be a counter-indicator.

Flash Reader Poll: Will Trump ever actually testify under oath about Comey conversations?


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There is no point wasting time on the MSM. They are Red liberals practicing Yellow Journalism.

Trump won the Presidency. No one said he would. The Washington wags have been wrong at every turn. I think it is rather hard to outsmart him. They must be mad with frustration.

healthguyfsu | June 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Dems would be salivating if he testified under oath….stupid move to answer that in such a way.

    tom swift in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Stupid? Not at all. He would probably be unwise to actually do it, but saying that he might is another matter. Or even saying that he will—press statements aren’t delivered under oath.

    Tossing chopped fish to the circus seals is one of his specialties. I expect he’ll keep doing it; it works so well, and the seals certainly aren’t going to adopt more effective strategies to deal with him.

    Barry in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    “…stupid move to answer that in such a way.”

    I’ll file that in the comments that were stupid file. It’s grown into a full room… And yet, Trump won the R nomination, the presidential election, and is in an epic battle against a truly corrupt federal government. This outcome I do not know. With comey on the run, it appears he is heading down the path of a win against a corrupt cabal.

    Trump simply doesn’t give stupid answers, he gives answers that are used as weapons against a corrupt deep state determined to take him down.

Pffft…he has nothing to fear as he has done nothing wrong.

If he does testify about this under oath, then he’s just as dumb as his detractors have been saying.

No President Trump, do not “testify” under oath. The premise is that you might lie if not under oath, but it gives a very bad scent in the air of criminality. Your critics will not be sated one bit.. they will move on to the next claim or leak.

And my prediction, he won’t “testify” under oath to jack squat even though he is innocent… because… NONE of this matters one whit! It’s all a manufactured crisis by the media and Democrats. I kinda think the President through that under oath stuff out there to trigger some folks. heh.

Flash reader answer: Good grief. Make it stop, Daddy!

Offering up even a whiff of testimony that will never happen will keep the lefties distracted and in a tizzy for weeks. Keep them all whipped up and dog whistle them to the end of their chains until they choke themselves to death on their own hatred. Amazing how easily they’re played.

Did Comey violate the Federal Records Act when he removed a copy of his memorandum to file without authorization?

The rules governing personal copies of Federal Records may be found here.

    ugottabekiddinme in reply to sequester. | June 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Well, not according to Comey, because there’s no violation if the act was not done with intent to violate the law. See, Comey’s prior statements re H R Clinton’s private server.

      Walker Evans in reply to ugottabekiddinme. | June 9, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Sorry, he can’t use that as an excuse. What he did was clearly a violation of the Act and his “intent” doesn’t matter at all. If I or anyone else had removed record material it would likely be a career ending move, and would certainly be an action that would result in revocation of a security clearance, which amounts to the same thing.

    Walker Evans in reply to sequester. | June 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Short Answer: Why, yes … yes he did!

Those who bet against Trump usually lose…bigly.

Here’s looking at YOU Comey, Hillary

BrokeGopher | June 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm

It would be extraordinarily dumb to say anything under oath. He has to know that everyone and their brother want to get him out of office, and if he so much as mispronounces a word under oath they’ll call it perjury and move for immediate impeachment.

No, he will not. Why should he?

The MSM will never give up. Despite Comet’s testimony exonerating Trump, the San Jose Mercury News ran this headline in today’s paper:

COMEY TESTIFIES ON TRUMP:
‘LIES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE’

In his testimony Comey did say “lies plain and simple.” One needs to delve into the front page article eventually to find the context in which Comey made this statement and to what it referred.

Without that context one could easily draw an inference from this statement that it has been Trump who was lying all along. Perhaps that was the intention of the editor? Nah, it couldn’t be.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MadisonS. | June 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Every EVIL thing such as this that the Lying MSM does, just opens thousands more of American’s eyes………

I voted no but I would place it as a maybe if that choice was available. The only way I can see the President taking his time to give testimony under oath is if there is a criminal case built against Comey. Otherwise there is no reason to waste time with it.

    OneVoiceInAmerica in reply to gmac124. | June 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    McCain should be a big part of that investigation since he was the FBI’s source for the ‘dossier’. Let us please get the honorable Senator from Arizona under oath.

LoneStarWhacko | June 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Trump has the habit of letting folks run with the bait until he sets the hook. I’m betting that there’s a lot that’s going to come to light….And then there’s Lynch….torpedoed by the insatiable drama queen. And if it’s a question between Obama and Hillary…..

    OneVoiceInAmerica in reply to LoneStarWhacko. | June 9, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I really am loving the theories that the Green Room restorations discovered that conversations there were indeed being recorded, without President Trump’s prior knowledge. Interesting times!

I’ve tried to keep an open mind on Comey, but this week, I came down on the side that he had to go.

“He instead wrote a memo to file and told close aides.”
Comey came off as actually trying to walk Trump into unethical conduct.

We all know that Donald Trump is not part of the “professional class” or “lawyer class” in DC.
Those who work for the President aren’t supposed to remain silent, especially those in the justice department. Writing a “memo to file” just shows you knew something wasn’t quite right, and, at best, chose to remain silent, or worse, tried to walk the President into unethical behavior.

The President could use as a defense that he was trying to see how far the FBI Director would go before he said “no”. Comey, by his own testimony, he has gone into the unethical, if not illegal, before. Donald Trump could claim that he needed to know if Comey was loyal enough to keep him out of trouble, or would he allow the POTUS to ask and receive that which the law does deny. Clearly, Comey failed this test and was fired.

Why testify? Even if you believe Comey’s spin it is within Trump’s powers under the Constitution to advise Comey about a case. He simply could have said Flynn is pardoned, case closed.
If Comey felt it was an illegal order he should have taken action or resign. Trump has nothing to gain by testifying.

Should President trump testify, under oath, concerning his conversations with Comey? Maybe. There are simply too many variables in this equation.

He would be a fool to testify before Congress, in this matter. Congress has no power to prosecute anyone, including Comey, for perjury. The DOJ does that. Testifying before Congress would provide no benefit to Trump. And, give anti-Trump forces a public arena, over which trump has NO control, to attack him. It would also set a dangerous precedent, for a President to testify, under oath, before Congress.

Giving a sworn statement or interview to the DP may be beneficial, down the road. However, it should only be done as a last resort and the content of the interview tightly controlled by Trump. And, it will produce no public benefits to Trump.

So, will he testify? Who knows? Should he testify? Again, who knows. At this time, everything is on the table.

Will he? Who knows.

Should he? Hell to the no.

realestateacct | June 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Trump should only agree to public questioning. It would be more fun than the Oliver North hearings.

CharlieMack | June 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

I expect a statement like this: “regardless of what I said before, my advisers and lawyers has advised me that testifying will only prolong these illegitimate and unnecessary investigations. This is bad for the country and needs to come to an end.”

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