On Friday, President Trump impulsively promised to testify under oath that Director Comey is lying about their private conversations – and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to make sure he has a chance to do just that.
On CBS’ Face The Nation, Schumer extended an invitation to the President to appear before the Senate and testify that he did not demand loyalty from former Director Comey and did not demand that he end the FBI’s investigation into disgraced National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Schumer commented on Trump’s complaints that there was a “cloud” around his administration due to the Trump-Russia investigation and generously offered to help him clear it up.
“There are two ways to clear up that cloud. One, if there are tapes, he alluded to the fact that there are 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 game playing.
And of course, he said he would testify. So I’m inviting him to come testify, and we could work that out.”
Trump’s public promise to testify under oath, if he ever decides to go through with it, would most likely mean he is walking into what a prominent lawyer described as a “perjury trap,” for Trump is almost certainly lying.
But given the frequency with which Trump makes public promises and never follows through on them, it’s unlikely he’d ever put himself in that position. But Schumer’s words just showed that has given his detractors a drum to beat that will dog his every move from now until impeachment day.
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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.