Mueller and Comey not as close as Trump and others suggest

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James Comey was meant to influence the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony before Congress, and he emphasized that he committed "no obstruction" of the inquiries into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

However, Schiff said Thursday that Trump's tweet alone would not be enough, and that he had more questions, including whether the President was trying to threaten Comey with his May 17 tweet.

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it", Trump said, according to excerpts from a Fox News interview to be broadcast on Sunday. Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the September 11 attacks, and Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community. Trump has disputed Comey's version of a January dinner during which, according to Comey, the president asked for the loyalty pledge. To emphasize, Comey and Mueller worked together at the Justice Department, under Bush Presidency.

Trump repeatedly refused to say whether he believed Mueller would have to recuse himself from the inquiry. "It seems as if every day President Trump states another fabricated truth, and then when proven incorrect, lashes out at the media for misunderstanding him, claiming 'Fake News!".

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!' Trump tweeted.

Trump said "there's been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that", and he added that some of Mueller's legal team had supported Hillary Clinton. All demanded anonymity to speak about private discussions with the president.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news briefing that the administration would respond. Similarly, Warner questioned that he doesn't know how this serves the nation's interest?

  • Julie Sanders