Trump suggests he was trying to keep Comey honest with 'tapes' tweet
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 21:54
Earlier in June, reports emerged that US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating possible ties between Trump's campaign team and the Kremlin, was going to widen investigation and check whether Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was an attempt of justice obstruction.
He also suggested that Mueller, who was FBI director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, might not be the right person to conduct the investigation because he is close friends with the former FBI director James Comey, who Trump recently fired.
Comey was leading the investigation into allegations Russian Federation tried to sway the election toward Trump and the possibility Trump associates colluded with Moscow when the president fired him on May 9, sparking a political firestorm.
After the tweet, Mr Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee to make his account of interactions with the President public.
Comey admitted to leaking his personal notes on his meetings with the president following his firing.
HENRY: Is that intimidation to say, "James Comey, I think you should tell the truth about what really happened?"
In the interview, Trump said Comey might have changed his story because of that tweet. "Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton". "I mean you'll have to take a look at that, because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events".
As Trump spoke with Fox's Ainsley Earhardt, he was asked to explain his recent tweeted admission that he never taped Comey like he suggested at first.
The Kremlin has denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusion that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump's favour, using such means as hacking into the emails of senior Democrats.
But, I did not tape.
Trump disputed Comey's version and claimed the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief actually pleaded for his job.
And it took on more weight when Mr Comey leaked out his own private memorandums of several discussions with Mr Trump, in which he described the president as improperly pressuring him over the Russian Federation probe. "We know exactly what was said in there", and I don't think they were rolling a tape that anybody saw.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Trump's brief statement was not enough to prove the absence of tapes.