Trump To Comey: Better Hope There Are No 'Tapes' Of Talks

In an interview with USA news network NBC on Thursday, Trump revealed that he had asked Comey on three occasions whether he was under investigation as part of the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign team.

In a mini-tweetstorm Friday that combined references to alleged unfair treatment of his spokespeople and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Trump raised the possibility of canceling regular briefings with the White House press corps.

Comey confirms that the FBI is investigating alleged ties between Trump's election campaign team and the Russian government.

To explain Trump's Tuesday firing, the White House press office also released a written timeline, which the president then contradicted on Thursday.

"Under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the President", they wrote.

It's unclear whether the "tapes" Trump alluded to in his tweet would be audio or video recordings, or whether they exist at all.

The silence from the Republican leadership in the face of Trump's appalling affront to the Constitution is rank hypocrisy compared to their high-pitched howling over former president Bill Clinton's impromptu tarmac meeting in Phoenix last June with then-attorney general Loretta Lynch when the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump fired Comey Tuesday, May 9 in a move he said was necessary to restore the trust and confidence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Trump said.

The president said he supports the FBI investigation into Russia's actions and wants it "absolutely done properly".

The fact Mr Comey had not publicly talked down links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was also a source of tension, the Journal reported. Eisen said Comey was a witness to "Trump's possible obstruction by demanding loyalty". The letter came several days after Comey asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for added resources to expand his wide-ranging investigation into Trump team ties to Russian Federation.

At first, Trump's staffers said Trump dismissed Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. Experts say he may potentially be in legal jeopardy, which makes him someone an aggressive investigator such as Comey would likely squeeze for information about others. My decision. I was going to fire Comey.

Spicer: As I said for the third time, there is nothing further to add on that.

He fired Comey on the same day that he tweeted investigations looking into his campaign and Russian Federation were a "taxpayer funded charade".

In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

When the press pool was allowed into the Oval Office after the meeting, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kislyak had left and, in a surprise, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger was with Mr Trump instead.

The reasons for Trump's firing has also become a partisan issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he sees no need for a new investigation, and that a special prosecutor would only slow down the progress already being made by Congress and the intelligence community. The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander", added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president.



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