Trump Says Mueller's Friendship With Comey Is 'Very Bothersome'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 22:35
The White House had said Trump would likely clarify whether he had tapes of Comey by the end of this week.
On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump formally revealed what many within Washington, DC had already assumed: he does not, in fact, have recordings of his conversation with former FBI Chief James Comey.
Comey was overseeing the investigation into any ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation until Mr. Trump fired him last month out what he has said is frustration with the inquiry.
Since the beginning of the United States' last presidential race, U.S. media have speculated about Trump's campaign team's alleged ties to Russian Federation and claimed that Moscow might have influenced the results of the election.
Trump never specified in the interview which part of Comey's story may have changed, and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has only offered his story publicly once, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Trump wanted to keep Comey honest.
"I don't have any tape and I didn't tape".
Shortly after dismissing Comey, Trump mentioned the possibility of tapes in a Twitter post. Comey has suggested that the tweet prompted him to ask an associate to release damaging information to The New York Times.
"Well, it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that", Trump replied.
Trump and White House officials refused to deny or confirm the existence of any such tapes. "There has been leaking by Comey, but there has been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that". "Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton - I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth from that standpoint".
"Just doesn't look good", Ainsley Earhardt added later in the show, when the hosts returned to the subject of Comey's visit.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers met separately last week with investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to CNN.
In issuing a wide-sweeping indictiment of the adminstration's communication process to date, Tapper said he'd ask Trump about the various inconsistencies of his tenure, including conflicting public statements on the non-binding Paris climate agreement.