Donald Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey against leaking to media
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 12:27
Not to mention Congress, which has its own investigations underway.
Trump's behavior raises "the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps.
"You want to do it under the best circumstances, and one of the problems has been the disarray at the White House communications shop", Wallace said on air.
Fox News host Chris Wallace claims that they have not been able to reach anyone at the White House to get someone on his Sunday program to explain Trump's logic behind the firing. They added that Comey was wary about dining with the president, but believed he couldn't turn him down.
October 12, 2016 - Trump promises to investigate FBI's investigation into Clinton's e-mail usage: "And furthermore we are going to investigate this phony investigation". Even after firing FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, Trump thought it would be a good idea to go to the J Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C., and NBC News reports the idea had been floated around as recently as Thursday morning. Was he suggesting Comey had recordings? Mike Huckabee's daughter - the sweet-and-sour Trump spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders - told the smug vipers in the White House press corps that Comey's firing should have been no shock; her boss had been ready to dismiss the director back in January. Comey has not explicitly denied the account.
On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version. The president did not mention a loyalty pledge request.
But his tweet about "tapes" could have been prompted by the New York Times report.
Top White House officials such as Vice President Mike Pence and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have insisted Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and chose to fire Comey only after he received a letter criticizing Comey's handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Sanders attributed the disconnect in the week's explanations to the fact that she had not directly asked Trump when he'd made the decision to fire Comey until shortly before Thursday's press briefing.
Trump was widely known to record some phone conversations at his office in Trump Tower during his business career, sometimes remarking to aides after a call as to whether or not he had taped it.
In her most extensive remarks since the divisive presidential election, Clinton says that Comey's email probe announcement in October contributed to her election defeat. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording. As Politico reported, several people "familiar with the events said Trump had talked about the firing for over a week, and the letters were written to give him rationale to fire Comey".
"The majority, the vast majority, of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to director Comey", McCabe testified.
"I think that it speaks pretty clearly". And the Senate Intelligence Committee invited Comey to appear at a closed-door hearing next Tuesday.
The president has been concerned about leaks for some time.
Clapper clarified in an interview Friday, saying he wouldn't have known about collusion, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. Trump called him out for 'spying, ' insisting that it's a 'big thing'.
"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", he said in an interview with NBC, appearing to link Comey's firing with the investigation.
Even before Trump's provocative tweet, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked. Aides also told reporters over the past two days that the Russian Federation investigation had nothing to do with Comey's firing, and was a result of the FBI director's handling of the probe into Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.
News media reports quote sources who assert Comey was ousted, however, because he wanted to intensify the Russian Federation investigation.
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump. The FBI director declined, but he replied to the president that he would always be honest.
Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is reportedly on Trump's list to replace Comey.