Trump says new Federal Bureau of Investigation 'possible' by Friday, ahead of Saturday's commencement speech
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 15:39
Furious with the news coverage of the White House's shifting explanations on Comey's sacking, Trump suggested the media was wrong to expect his spokespeople to be 100 percent accurate. Trump's dismissal letter to Comey says the move was necessary "to restore the public's trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission".
"If the president has "tapes" of his conversations with Director Comey, it is because the president himself made them. And I hope he will be", Trump said. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey.
President Donald Trump has offered additional insight into his thinking about former FBI Director James Comey.
When pressed about whether Spicer would be keeping his job as White House Press Secretary, Trump insisted he had been "doing a good job" despite getting "beat up" by the media.
Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.
The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe.
"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide.
-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court. Associates of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who remained out of sight Friday at his suburban Virginia home, said they believed any tapes would validate Comey's side of the story.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.
The president said a new director could be named by Friday, the day he departs for his first presidential foreign trip.
Biographer Gwenda Blair, speaking with RealClearPolitics, recalled that Trump "routinely pulled out his own tape recorder when being interviewed by reporters, including me".
Almost a dozen people are being considered, including attorneys, law enforcement officials and legislators. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the former prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY called Comey a "highly professional and ethical person".
As a NY businessman, Trump was accustomed to safeguarding his public relations and legal interests by taping interchanges with the consent of other parties, including some who taped him simultaneously.