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Senate Minority willing to take Trump up on his offer

Charles Schumer invites American President to testify under oath

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - A day after Donald Trump declared that former FBI Director James Comey had lied under oath during his scathing testimony last week, and made the generous offer to himself testify the truth under oath - the Senate Minority Leader has taken him up on his offer. > BNN
 
Comey made several shocking revelations during his explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, following which he was met with much criticism from the President. 
 
Trump, who was uncharacteristically silent on Twitter during the testimony, didn’t keep people waiting for long as he responded with his own explosive admission a day later.
 
At a press conference held at the Rose Garden, a defiant Trump claimed that he was willing to contradict Comey under penalty of perjury.
 
Answering a question from a journalist, who asked him whether he’d be willing to contradict Comey under oath - Trump declared, “One hundred percent.” 
Trump specifically disputed Comey’s assertions that the president demanded his loyalty and asked him to drop the FBI’s investigation into his former national-security adviser, Michael Flynn.
 
Trump’s argument was, “Think about it, I hardly know the man. I’m not going to ask him to pledge allegiance. It doesn’t make sense. I didn’t say that. And there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it.”
 
However, now, the Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) invited President Trump to testify about his claims that Comey lied under oath.
 
Speaking to John Dickerson on CBS News, Schumer declared, “I’d like to invite the president to testify before the Senate.”
 
Schumer added that Trump could clear up the “cloud” surrounding his presidency if he testifies or publicly releases the tapes he alluded to documenting his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey.
 
He said, “There are two ways to clear up that cloud. One, if there are tapes, he alluded to the fact that there are tapes, maybe as a threat or taunting Comey. He should make them public right away. If there aren't tapes, he should let that be known. No more game playing.”
 
Claiming that the president appears to be taking the issue “almost a little bit lightly” Schumer added, "And of course, he said he would testify. So I'm inviting him to come testify, and we could work that out.”
 
Schumer added that he would coordinate a “dignified, public” hearing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Robert Mueller.
Meanwhile, speaking on the same show alongside the Senate minority leader, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Trump's public testimony would be a "circus."  
Graham added, “I think it’s inappropriate for the president to testify publicly. If you want to come to the Judiciary Committee and testify under oath, we’ll put Comey right by you, it’d be the highest-rated TV show in the history of the world. But it’s not good for our democracy.”
 
Trump, on Saturday, lashed out at the media and even blamed Democrats for a hearing that was called by a Republican-led committee. 
 
He said, “That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost.”
 
He also disputed Comey’s most damaging allegations made during the sworn testimony and claimed vindication through others. 
 
The president stormed, “No collusion. No obstruction. He’s a leaker, but we want to get back to running our great country. We were very, very happy. And frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said and some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”
 
Trump even continued to dangle the possibility that he has “tapes” of his conversations at the White House.
 
Soon after firing Comey, Trump said on Twitter that the fired FBI Director should hope those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.
 
However, on Friday, he refused repeated attempts by reporters to confirm or deny their existence. 
He left the issue hanging, claiming, “Well, I’ll tell you about that sometime in the near future.”
He was further pressed on the issue and insisted that he wasn’t “hinting anything,” and added, "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry."
 
Trump also wrote on Twitter, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.”
 
Further, seizing on Comey's revelation that he had directed a friend to release contents of memos he had written documenting his conversations with the president to a reporter - Trump wrote on Twitter, "...and WOW, Mr Comey is a leaker!" 

 

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