Trump's first press conference since Comey hearing


Trump will most likely be questioned about Thursday's testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.

In his short burst Friday, Trump summarized his private attorney Marc Kasowitz's reaction Thursday to Comey's testimony about the president.

President Donald Trump, right, and Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis, left, walk together to a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 9, 2017.

"I think this partnership not only has to continue, the partnership has to become stronger", he said.

"One hundred percent", Trump said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony. Trump did not address the Russian Federation aspect of the question. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president. James Risch, R-Idaho. Whether Trump's behavior and comment amount to obstruction of justice, however, depends not on how Comey understood the comment, but Trump's intent in delivering it. Finding that out, as Comey noted, is now up to the special counsel, Robert Mueller. "Be fair, Jon", Trump said. Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.

Trump speaks at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer". He added, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker", referring to the former director's admission that he had orchestrated the leak of the contents of a memo detailing Oval Office discussions with the president to the New York Times through a friend.

While Trump's staunchest supporters have tried to paint Comey's testimony as vindication for the president, few Republicans who don't work for Trump stepped in to defend the president's version of his contacts with Comey. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins".

He also offered a blunt assessment Friday of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel. Trump said. "It doesn't make sense".