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Trump '100 Percent' Willing to Testify Under Oath

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump, after accusing former FBI Director James Comey of committing perjury during his testimony before Congress, has stated that he would be willing to give his own rebuttal testimony under oath.

On June 8, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the panel's probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election. During his remarks, the former FBI Director accused Trump of being dishonest, The New York Times reports.

Comey asserted that, after Trump dismissed him from the bureau, "the administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple."

The former FBI director recounted how Trump had allegedly asked him to drop a federal investigation into former White House national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Comey said he wrote a memo immediately after the encounter because "I was honestly concerned that [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document."

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On June 9, Trump took to social media to respond to Comey's testimony.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication," Trump wrote.

The president had effectively accused Comey of committing perjury, a federal offense, when he said that the former FBI director's testimony contained lies.

Later that day, Trump doubled down on his accusation during a press conference from the White House Rose Garden, The Hill reports.

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The president repeated that Comey's testimony had vindicated him of wrongdoing before adding "some of the things that he said just weren't true."

The president denied asking Comey for personal loyalty or requesting that the Flynn probe be dropped.

Trump, when asked if he would be willing to give his own version of events under oath, responded "100 percent.”

One reporter asked the president if he would be willing to testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the federal probe into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you," Trump said.

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, swiftly took to social media to take the president up on his offer.

"I'm glad [Trump] agreed to testify under oath regarding his conversations [with] James Comey," Castro tweeted out. "The American [people] deserve to hear him in open session."

Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The HillJoaquin Castro/TwitterThe New York Times / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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