Donald Trump claims White House has 'secret tapes'

20 Mai, 2017, 04:52 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • President Trump Threatens Fmr. FBI Dir. James Comey

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president tweeted yesterday. After Comey's firing was announced on Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer was reported to have hid among the bushes outside of the White House in an effort to avoid taking questions.

Trump added that "as a very active president with lots of things happening", it's impossible for him to stay in such close communication with his staff that the briefings would be completely accurate. "The tweet speaks for itself".

The FBI is looking into Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any potential ties to Trump's campaign. Comey told associates the president pushed the director to pledge his loyalty to the president that night.

Trump, in his termination letter to Comey, said Comey told him on three different occasions that Trump wasn't under investigation.

That day Vice President Mike Pence also framed Trump's decision to fire Comey as the result of Rosenstein's and Sessions' input.

Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors.

"I think the point that I made with respect to the tweet is the president has no further comment on this", said Spicer. Trump said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job.

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Doing so, however, would have been as easy as Trump putting a smartphone in his pocket and using a recording application, John Dean, who served as former President Richard Nixon's White House Counsel, told The News. Krishnamoorthi also asked for any recording of Trump's Wednesday meeting with Russian officials, and "any conversations regarding the hiring or firing" former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", and that "the Russians did not affect the vote". "He's unsafe because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".

The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities. Trump said in one of a string of Twitter messages.

Trump addressed questions over the timing in his interview with Pirro, arguing that there was "no right time" to fire Comey.

Trump said the candidates to replace Comey were "outstanding people" and "very well known".

"They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially", he said of the candidates, describing them as "very well-known, highly respected, really talented people", before adding: "And that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Late Tuesday, White House officials insisted that Comey was ousted because of his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information past year.

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. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Sen.

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