Trump says Comey-Mueller friendship 'bothersome'

The potential existence of recordings of Trump and Comey's conversations took on increasing importance as the pair offered contradicting claims about the nature of their discussions.

"I think he was in his way instinctively trying to rattle Comey", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump confidant, said before the Thursday tweets. Trump tweeted. Leaders of the House and Senate Russia investigations had asked Trump to produce the tapes, if they existed.

Trump said the victory "was very big", adding "I think I helped a lot".

"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey", Trump also said Thursday.

The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified before a Senate committee that Trump had asked him to halt a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's alleged collision with Russian Federation. "I'm not hinting at anything", said Trump at a joint press conference with the president of Romania on June 9, a day after Comey met with the panel.

Trump disputed Comey's testimony that he felt pressured by the president to drop the FBI's investigation of fired national security adviser Mike Flynn, as well as Comey's account that the president asked for loyalty from him.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said, "This administration never ceases to amaze me".

Trump's earlier suggestion about tapes evoked the secret White House recordings that led to Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal.

When the Russian investigation was being headed by James Comey, he had told Donald Trump privately that he was not being investigated but he refused to say so on record in spite of repeated requests from the President.

In an interview that aired Friday on "Fox & Friends", Trump said: "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". "You know, health care is a very hard situation".

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed", said Comey in a written statement submitted to the committee. Under a post-Watergate law, the Presidential Records Act, recordings made by presidents belong to the people and can eventually be made public.

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard.

He's brought trouble to his White House.

Comey, on the other hand, wrote detailed memos immediately after his conversations with Trump and distributed them to associates.

Mr Mueller was appointed by the US Department of Justice shortly after Mr Comey's termination.

  • Larry Hoffman