House Intel Dem: If Trump Recorded Talks With Comey, 'Congress Should Subpoena'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 1:23
Trump fired Comey from the FBI on Tuesday, an action that stunned both Republicans and Democrats, and caught agents at the bureau by surprise because the agency is deep into an investigation to find potentially improper links between Trump associates and Russian operatives.
"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation", Trump said in an interview Thursday with NBC News.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump's tweet about the tapes "speaks for itself", when pressed for details.
Read: Why investors still aren't freaking out over the Comey firing. "I actually asked him if I were under investigation", Trump claimed. "That's a question the president will have to answer", said Burr, chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Durbin added that Trump's tweet on Friday "could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law".
"This is real news!" A sad moment for even this White House.
In brief remarks to a group of military mothers and spouses at a Mother's Day event, Trump got a round of applause when discussing proposed defense-spending increases. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved". "We won't be anymore". "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Centre marking Trump's first 100 days in office, which was marked on April 29, found that just 39% of the general public approve of the new president.
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Durbin suggested that the president's move to fire Comey amid its Trump-Russia investigation was "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice". "I can't say", he said. "These are outstanding people that are very well known, highest level".
The president tweeted, "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the information she and her colleagues offered was consistent.