House Democrats Demand White House Turn Over Any Comey Recordings
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 1:30
President Trump lashed out at the "fake media" in a Friday morning tweetstorm - defending his spokespeople for inaccuracies in their accounts of his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.
Things got pretty testy Friday morning when Donald Trump threatened to end all daily White House press briefings because "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.
On Tuesday, the White House announced Comey was sacked as Trump's decision came at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who laid out the case for axing Comey in a memo that detailed his mishandling of the investigation into Clinton's private email server. But very well known, highly respected and really talented people. Spicer said, "The President has nothing further to add on that".
Trump told NBC News that Comey had asked for the meeting because he wanted to stay on as FBI Director.
The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority.
Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office. A New York Times story published Thursday evening reported that Trump had asked Comey at a private January dinner to pledge loyalty to the new president.
Trump was scheduled to leave Friday for his first overseas trip as president. In Congressional Testimony, Comey disclosed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
But the suggestion that Trump might have "tapes" of his conversations with Comey - especially in light of the president's own claims that President Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped - touched off a firestorm of controversy.
The controversy began this morning, when Trump again took aim at the investigation into his administration and its potential ties to Russian Federation, while blasting the "fake media" and its coverage of the issue.
In an interview with NBC on Thursday, the president revealed that he had spoken with Comey multiple times about the Russian Federation investigation, including two phone calls and a dinner, before ultimately choosing to dismiss him.
Trump, speaking to reporters that day, said that he fired Comey because Comey "wasn't doing a good job".
The White House said Mr Comey was sacked over the FBI's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices.