Sen. Lindsey Graham to President Trump: Stop Tweeting About the Russia Investigation
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 21:24
Trump on Friday fired FBI Director James Comey.
Most notably, in response to Trump's threatening "tapes" tweet, someone close to Comey responded by saying he "hopes" there are tapes.
The president has otherwise stayed out of the public eye since Tuesday, when he sent shockwaves around the world by removing the head of the agency that is investigating Trump's links to the Kremlin.
The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities.
Sessions had previously recused himself from the investigations into the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials because he'd failed to mention that he'd previously been in contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The U.S. intelligence community previously concluded that the Russian government interfered in last year's White House race by using state-sponsored hackers to infiltrate Democratic targets and steal sensitive correspondence later published online by WikiLeaks and others prior to Mr. Trump's election.
"Did President Trump record his conversations with FBI Director Comey?" No one from the White House.
The president of the White House Correspondents Association, Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, told MSNBC that his association would object to any move to cancel the press briefings.
"No", Spicer said unequivocally.
On Thursday, however, Mr. Trump told NBC News his decision was driven by the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his own 2016 campaign and allegations of Russian collusion.
"Yes, that's true", Trump said.
"I don't think that's a threat". "He's unsafe because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also interviewed, despite his repeated willingness to break from the White House explanations of Comey's ouster.
"As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"
Trump also said that he'd asked Comey on three separate occasions, twice by phone and once over dinner, whether the FBI was investigating him. There is also reportedly tension between Republican officials and the White House over tactics.
On CBS' "Face the Nation", Schiff questioned Trump's account of a conversation with former FBI Director James Comey.