Trump’s accusations that former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath may have been set aside by most people, but Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer isn’t so forgetful. In a statement to CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” Schumer told host John Dickerson the following:
“I’d like to invite the president to testify before the Senate. Face the nation.”
Schumer went on to say that the “cloud” surrounding Trump’s presidency could be cleared if he just released the tapes he allegedly had against Comey:
“There are two ways to clear up that cloud. One, if there are tapes, he alluded to the fact that there were tapes, maybe as a threat or taunting Comey. He should make them public right away. If there aren’t tapes, he should let that be known. No more playing. And of course, he said he would testify. So I’m inviting him to come testify, and we could work that out.”
Remember that Trump is a businessman by trade makes some wonder if he was using the tapes as a bluff to put pressure on Comey. If this were the play, no good gambler would reveal his hand after a bluff. And Trump has so far stuck to his actions.
During a press conference on Friday, Trump denied all claims that he asked Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn and also denied that he(Trump) asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him.
While Schumer is ready to coordinate a public hearing, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told “Face the Nation” that a public testimony from Trump would simply be a “circus”:
“I think it’s inappropriate for the president to testify publicly. If you want to come to the Judiciary Committee and testify under oath, we’ll put Comey right by you; it’d be the highest-rated TV show in the history of the world. But it’s not good for our democracy.”
Credit: The Hill