Trump's Legal Team to File Comey Complaint With DOJ

While White House officials have said the firing was due to concerns about Comey's actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump told an interviewer the Russian Federation investigation was one of his concerns in taking the action.

"And my story didn't change", he added. He added, however, that Mueller is "an honorable man and hopefully he'll come up with an honorable conclusion".

In an interview that aired Friday on "Fox and Friends", Trump said Mueller is "very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome".

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I didn't tape him.

"My story was always a straight story", says US President Donald Trump. "My story was always the truth".

Trump's latest comments were made after he tweeted earlier Thursday he had not recorded his conversations with Comey - a threat he had made a month earlier that led to a cascade of events, including the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey last month after asking him to scale back the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

As president, Trump could demand that Rosenstein fire Mueller, but Rosenstein has said he wouldn't follow any order that he didn't think was lawful or appropriate and that he had seen no legitimate basis to dismiss the special counsel.

Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the September 11 attacks, and James 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. Robenalt lectures nationally with John Dean, the former White House counsel whose testimony helped bring down President Richard Nixon, and teaches a continuing legal education class on Watergate.

Trump responded at that time, via Twitter, that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Trump's original May tweet referred to the conflicting accounts he and Comey provided of their private conversations in the weeks leading up to the ex-FBI chief's firing, including a private dinner where Trump asked Comey if he was under investigation.

"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.

According to one person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Trump raised the possibility of tapes as a strategy to ensure that Comey told the truth, even though Trump now is suggesting that did so because he couldn't be sure there were no recordings made by others.

"I've seen the tweet about tapes".

  • Leroy Wright