Politics

President Trump Just Committed to Testifying Under Oath

President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon committed to testifying before Congress about his personal conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

Taking questions from the press about Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump denied Comey's assertion that he'd asked the former FBI director to pledge his loyalty, and indirectly pressured him to end the investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn resigned after it was uncovered he lied to government officials about his communications with a Russian diplomat.

When asked if he'd repeat his denials under oath, Trump responded "100 percent."

By denying Comey's sworn testimony, Trump is essentially accusing the former FBI director of perjury. He's also putting himself in the position of committing perjury, should he lie while testifying to a Congressional committee or to the Special Counsel investigating the Russia matter.

According to the U.S. code, anyone who lies to Congress while under oath, "is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."

Everything Trump claimed was met by the media with skepticism, with a number of pundits doubting if the testimony would ever actually take place, or that Trump would tell the truth if he did end up testifying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The claim was just one of many in a freewheeling press conference that ostensibly was a joint event between Trump and the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, but focused heavily on the Comey affair.

When asked about the allegation that he had made tapes of his conversations with Comey (an accusation that originated in a tweet from Trump himself), the president said "I’ll tell you about it over a fairly short period of time" and added "you're going to be very disappointed."

He was also asked by a Romanian reporter if he would affirm his support of NATO Article 5, which pledges that any member-state will come to the support of another if attacked. While Trump has been cagey about whether he'd come to the aid of another NATO member, he did finally pledge his support, claiming "I'm committing the United States to Article 5."

He also appeared to contradict a previous statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the ongoing tension with Qatar, singling out the country as a sponsor of terrorism after Tillerson expressly said he wanted other gulf nations blockading the tiny country to back off.