Trump tweet suggests his conversations with Comey might have been recorded
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 5:04
A poll released on Sunday showed how few people support President Donald Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, while also acknowledging the extent to which many Americans have no opinion about the decision at all. Trump also revealed that he had the Russian Federation investigation in mind when he fired Comey.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "I?ve talked to the president". -Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.
"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said when questioned about a recording system. "The tweet speaks for itself", Spicer said.
Spicer said he wasn't aware of any audio recording of the January 27 dinner where Comey reportedly expressed interest in keeping his job and Trump said he asked and was assured he's not under FBI investigation. Comey, they said, declined to make such a pledge but told Trump he would always give him "honesty". When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", recounted the Comey associate.
Soon after Trump's tweets, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., requested that White House Counsel Donald McGahn turn over any recordings of the president's conversations with Comey to the House Oversight Committee.
Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors. That startling admission fanned suggestions that Trump may be interfering with the investigation and promoted Comey allies to refute Trump's account of events.
The president tweeted early Friday, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
"This was the chief investigator for the FBI, overseeing a investigation into the president's campaign, and if Jeff Sessions was honest in recusing himself, he wouldn't have sent a letter to the President recommending Director Comey's firing", Swalwell concluded.
Durbin added, "His credibility has been destroyed".
There were also conflicts regarding whether "rank-and-file" members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation supported Trump's decision. "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.
In the Fox interview, Trump seemed to herald his own work ethic.
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".
Different explanations have been given for Comey's firing, and the stories coming out of the Trump White House have changed each day since it happened. In announcing the firing, the White House circulates scathing memo, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the Clinton probe. "If he did not want to willingly undertake even the minimal requirements of the Presidency, it would have been far better for him to have considered that before he chose to run for the highest office in the land". Also interviewed were: -Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia. -acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He neither confirmed nor denied the existence of tapes of the conversation.