Trump says United States committed to NATO's Article 5 on common defence

Lena Tucker
June 10, 2017

For all of the things that came into clearer focus with Thursday's testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey, plenty of other questions remain.

Weeks after omitting any mention of NATO's collective defense provisions during a speech at the treaty organization's headquarters, President Donald Trump on Friday explicitly recommitted the its Article 5 obligations.

The Justice Department put out a statement late Thursday saying that Sessions had recused himself because of his involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - 'for that reason, and that reason alone.' BIPARTISAN DISCOMFORT It wasn't just the Trump administration that made Comey anxious about the need to protect the integrity and independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump tweeted, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!".

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Comey's motivation "may have been a good one".

"I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance.' Who would do that?" The president told him, "I hope you can let this go, ' and he took it as more than a mere suggestion".

"I didn't say that", Trump responded immediately.

Trump also he never asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty, another claim the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director made under oath. Trump said. "It doesn't make sense". Franken, " Leahy said following Comey's Thursday Senate testimony.

Mr Trump's lawyers argue that it was subject to executive privilege, although the president has never asserted privilege over his conversations with Mr Comey and independent legal experts have expressed doubt that he could.

The attorney is expected to file a complaint with the Justice Department inspector general about the revelation next week, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak before the filing on condition that the person's name is not used.

While disputing Comey's testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as "just an excuse" to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russian Federation.

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