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Trump: I didn't ask for Comey's loyalty and would say so under oath

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President Donald Trump said Friday during a joint news conference with the Romanian president that he is “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump says he would “100 percent” be willing to testify under oath that former FBI Director James Comey’s statements about him are untrue.

Trump, fielding questions from reporters during a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden Friday, denied asking Comey to “let go” of the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned in February following reports that he had not been truthful about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The president’s comments about Comey’s testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee came when ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked if he thinks the former FBI chief lied under oath.

Trump told Karl he did not ask Comey to dismiss the bureau’s investigation of Flynn.

“I will tell you, I didn’t say that,” the president said. “[A]nd there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today. But I did not say that.”

Trump went on to say he also did not ask Comey for a pledge of loyalty, a claim Comey made in his testimony earlier this week.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president requested “loyalty” from him on multiple occasions. In one interaction, when Trump wanted the FBI to publicly announce it was not investigating him, Comey said the president told him: “I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.”

Trump, however, told Karl he said no such thing.

“I hardly know the man,” Trump said, referring to Comey. “I’m not gonna say, ‘I want you to pledge allegiance.’ Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense.

“No, I didn’t say that, and I didn’t say the other,” he added.

Karl concluded his questioning by asking Trump if he would be willing to share his side of the story with former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.

“I’d be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon,” Trump said.

The president was also asked twice about whether or not the White House records conversations that take place inside the Oval Office, a question that arose after Trump alluded last month to “tapes” of his interactions with Comey.

“I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future,” Trump said cryptically, offering no more information about the matter.

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