Mueller and Comey's relationship 'bothersome'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 16:52
Spicer went on to mention an aspect of Comey's testimony that the Trump administration has been eager to amplify: the fact that Comey said Trump himself was not under investigation in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings". But, when he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed. "I think the President made it very clear that he wanted the truth to come out".
"Well, he is very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome", Trump said.
Then the president, according to Comey, asked Comey to drop the investigation into whether Flynn had lied to FBI agents and others.
The committee is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and had demanded the White House turn over any information about recordings of Comey by Friday, after Trump tweeted on May 12 that Comey had "better hope there are no "tapes" of our conversations!"
They also said Comey misled the American people in the early weeks of the Trump administration by "furthering the perception that President Trump was under investigation, when in fact he was not".
I was surprised last weekend when one of President Donald Trump's lawyers told my colleague Chris Wallace twice on "Fox News Sunday" that the president is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then told him twice that he is not. Those notes, shared with close associates and testified about to Congress, would likely be weighed by investigators against Trump's own account of the conversations in any investigation that looks into whether the president tried to obstruct justice.
The emphasis on their ties, besides being aimed at undermining Mueller's credibility and the legitimacy of his investigation, could also be an attempt by Trump to make the case for an eventual Mueller dismissal on conflict of interest grounds.
But what appears to have started as an angry, or perhaps mischievous missive triggered a series of consequences each weightier than the last.
WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump claimed in a Fox and Friends interview that aired Friday morning that while he did not personally tape his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he believed he may have been surveilled by unknown outside sources.
"I've seen the tweet about tapes". Spicer echoed Trump's comments, saying the reference to "tapes" in Trump's tweet simply reflected Trump's desire for "the truth to come out".
"Although Comey may well be what I call roadkill in the subjects Mueller is investigating, he's not the victim".
That seems to be the standard drill for the Trump baiting main stream media (MSM) whether a White House visitor is from Romania or India. The president is said to have railed in private about Mueller to aides and has said he wants to leave open the option of firing him. "You never know what's out there but I didn't tape and I don't have any tapes". "I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth".
The lawyer, who blogs at Lawfare, has posted similar messages in the past just before major stories in the ongoing Trump-Comey saga hit The New York Times.
Relations between the White House and the press continued to deteriorate on Friday as the White House communications team prohibited cameras from filming the White House press briefing.