Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't. Asked directly whether he was recording conversations in the Oval Office - a claim he hinted at on Twitter last month - Trump dodged.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".

"I didn't say that", Trump said.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe.

"You can't just do what we've been doing in the past".

President Trump said Friday he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in May.

"We hope our other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will follow Romania's lead on meeting their financial obligations and paying their fair share for the cost of defense", Trump said.

President Donald Trump refused Friday to say whether his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them - and asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

Trump has remained relatively media shy since the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel looking into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible ties to it. "But we want to get back to running our great country", Trump said.

Trump concluded his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony.

Trump was addressing reporters at the White House for the first time since Comey's explosive appearance, in which he branded the president a liar and said he believed he was sacked over his handling of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian election meddling.

The pledge came as Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress about their private exchanges.

While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday.

The Russia investigations have consumed the White House and distracted the president and lawmakers from his governing agenda. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him.

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. "He's everything that's wrong in Washington", Lewandowski said.

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