Comey not anxious about possible Trump tapes

Comey not anxious about possible Trump tapes

Comey not anxious about possible Trump tapes

"And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen".

"That was a DOJ decision", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, laying the impetus for the memo building the case for Comey's firing on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Mr Trump abruptly fired Mr Comey on Tuesday and later said Mr Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job, drawing a firestorm of criticism. But The Washington Post, citing an unnamed person close to the White House, reports that Rosenstein threatened after officials painted him as a key player pushing for Comey's firing.

"Even that is possible", he told reporters when asked whether he could unveil his nominee by Friday to succeed James Comey, whose abrupt dismissal has sparked a major media firestorm and much disagreement.

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

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During a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president appeared to imply that there are tapes of his private conversations with Comey, who Trump fired earlier this week. "President Trump and the White House have presented an ever-changing narrative on the rationale for the firing of FBI Director Comey", Feinstein said in a statement. "I$3 t is a crime to intimidate or threaten any potential witness with the intent to influence, delay, or prevent their official testimony", they say in the letter.

Trump also disputed the allegations on TV by saying he did not ask Comey to pledge loyalty and only wants him to be honest.

"As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add to that", Spicer said. That has led to speculation that Trump is considering replacing him.

In a letter released to the press on Friday afternoon, two top congressional Democrats, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of MI, asked the White House to hand over any such tapes "if they exist". "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Va., where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

President Trump has previously told NBC News that Mr Comey requested the one-on-one dinner, but the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director reportedly maintains it was the president who invited him. Trump said in excerpts of an NBC News interview released Friday that Comey "should have never exonerated" Hillary Clinton.

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