United States democracy 'under assault by Donald Trump' after James Comey firing

United States democracy 'under assault by Donald Trump' after James Comey firing

United States democracy 'under assault by Donald Trump' after James Comey firing

"I have talked to the President". "A lot of times, he says things to deceive, distract or disrupt". He said, 'You are not under investigation, ' " Trump said, claiming that Comey told him the same thing once during a dinner and then again on two separate phone calls.

"Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress", tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling into the presidential election, including any collusion between Trump campaign associates and the former Cold War superpower.

"I think it's really important".

Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation".

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" He simply stated a fact.

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"I think the point that I made with respect to the tweet is the president has no further comment on this", said Spicer.

Trump, however, doesn't appear to have any idea how misguided that kind of threat is - even if it is only a sham created to intimidate Comey.

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

Oval Office tape recordings haven't been part of White House history since they helped undo Richard Nixon's administration.

He also cast doubt on White House claims that Mr Comey had lost the confidence of Federal Bureau of Investigation staff while speaking to Congress.

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Trump told NBC's Lester Holt, "I was going to fire Comey" regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted with the White House's sketchy version of events.

When pressed about whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey or others, Spicer responded: "The president has nothing further to add on that". "No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump said. The ousted director has told associates he was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with Trump just seven days after the January 20 inauguration, according to the paper.

According to press reports, Pence was aware that Trump wanted to fire Comey the week before it happened. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But he also said, "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".

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