At a Friday afternoon press conference from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump denied that he asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to drop the Michael Flynn investigation.
"I didn't say that, I will tell you I didn't say that," Trump said, "and there would be nothing wrong if I did say that."
He also denied asking Comey for a pledge of loyalty, and told reporters that he was "100 percent" willing to testify as much under oath. The press conference followed news this morning that the president's legal team plans to file a complaint against Comey with the Department of Justice inspector general and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for passing along one of his memos to the media.
When asked about Comey's testimony today, Trump called the former FBI director a "leaker" and suggested he had lied while under oath. Trump dodged reporters' questions about whether there were recordings of the pair's conversations in the Oval Office, instead talking about a range of issues from North Korea to his electoral college win, but assured reporters that he will address questions about the alleged tapes very soon, but that they will be "disappointed by the answer."