In the latest "not-normal" episode of his embattled presidency, Donald Trump on Friday declared—in a meandering statement that left reporters clamoring for clarification—that former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath in claiming he demanded "loyalty" and said he'll let the world know soon enough if tapes of their interactions exist or not.
"I hardly know the man," Trump said. "I'm not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? Think of that. I hardly know the man. It doesn't make sense."
Trump added that he would "100 percent" testify under oath and answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.
President Trump says he would “100 percent” speak under oath about James Comey https://t.co/TjZsCVT6jf— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 9, 2017
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Trump subsequently gave a non-answer to questions about possible tapes of his conversations with the former FBI director.
The press will find out "over a fairly short period of time," he said, adding: "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer."
When asked again about tapes, Trump responds: “you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer” https://t.co/ioTNIMoQzE— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 9, 2017
Responding to the president's vow to testify under oath, CNN reporter Manu Raju asked on Twitter, "Will Trump regret this?"