In his first press conference in almost a month, President Donald Trump said he would be willing to testify under oath.
“One hundred percent,” the president said when he was asked if he would be willing to provide sworn testimony.
Trump denied that he demanded loyalty from former FBI Director James Comey or that he asked the director to end the investigation in Russian interference or former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“I didn’t say that,” Trump responded when asked about his loyalty demand. “There would be nothing wrong if I did say it.”
Trump’s insistance that he did not demand loyalty led reporters to ask if there is a taping system that would corroborate the his side of the story.
“I’ll tell you about that sometime in the very near future,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m not hinting anything, I will tell you over a very short period of time,” the president added after being pressed on the existence of a taping system.
Mr. Trump has previously refused to comment on the subject of a taping system since he tweeted “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” in May.
Mr. Trump said White House staff was “very happy” after Comey’s testimony and denied any collusion with Russia:
“No collusion, no obstruction, [Comey’s] a leaker.”
Mr. Trump also suggested that Mr. Comey lied under oath, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!’
At his press conference last month, Mr. Trump also denied allegations that he tried stop the FBI’s investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.