President Donald Trump is about to hold a press conference, with this coming about 24 hours after James Comey’s explosive Capitol Hill testimony.
Trump will be speaking alongside Romanian President Klaus Iohanni at a press conference beginning at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The press conference can be viewed live in the embedded YouTube player via TIME. Trump will also be speaking at the Department of Transportation at 11:45 Eastern Time, and that can be watched here.
This will be President Trump’s first time taking questions from the White House press corps since May 18th. Although the purpose of the press conference is not to respond to James Comey’s Senate testimony, this will likely be the subject of the overwhelming majority of questions.
President Trump has still not responded to Comey’s testimony outside of Twitter. Early on Friday morning, he posted one tweet in which he referenced the fact that Comey in his testimony revealed that he leaked a memo to the news media in order to prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor. Trump also said on Twitter that he has been completely vindicated, presumably preferring to the fact that Comey confirmed that he told Trump that he was not personally under investigation.
Going into Comey’s testimony on Thursday, there were some reports that Trump would be watching live and would be tweeting his responses in real time. Instead, the complete opposite happened: Trump let all of Thursday go by without referencing James Comey a single time, although his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, did deliver a combative statement accusing James Comey of being a liar and suggesting that he should be investigated for leaking his memo.
“We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated,” Kasowitz said.
Trump in his press conference today will likely be asked about the inconsistency between what James Comey testified on Thursday and what Trump himself has said. Trump previously stated that he did not tell James Comey to shut down the Michael Flynn investigation, but Comey testified that he did, or at least that Trump said that he “hoped” Comey could let the investigation go.
Comey also testified that Trump asked him for his loyalty, something that Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has flat out denied.
“The President also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’ in form or substance,” Kasowitz said.
There are a few other important questions that Trump will likely be asked, such as whether Trump has tapes of his conversations with the FBI director. Trump previously brought up the idea of there being tapes of the conversations in a tweet, and Comey said during his hearing yesterday that he hopes these tapes do exist.