Trump suggests there may be 'tapes' of his private conversations with Comey

Jerome Frank
May 15, 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was in the hot seat Thursday as an eager press corps grilled her on several discrepancies regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview with NBC, Donald Trump said that he made a decision to fire Comey before his meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Indeed, Sanders' language doesn't lend itself to other interpretations: she said the White House wants to see the investigation "come to its conclusion", and Donald Trump has "taken steps to make that happen" by firing the director of the FBI. "I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation'". "The FBI has been in turmoil". You take a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil.

The implied threat adds a new aspect to an already growing scandal, with the White House press office seemingly struggling to keep up with the President's own contradictory statements on the narrative of Comey's dismissal.

Trump said in his brief statement about firing Comey on Tuesday that the FBI chief had told him three times that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

Republican Committee Chairman Richard Burr asked McCabe whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump the president was not the subject of investigation. "So you don't need a special prosecutor", Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

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Pressed by Pirro on whether he was seriously considering doing away with the press briefings, Trump suggested he would conduct them in a "different way" - either giving the press "a piece of paper with a perfectly accurate, handsome answer", or holding them himself.

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Mr Trump abruptly fired director James Comey on Tuesday.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is also a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air". "I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question".

The president denied have any "collusion" with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He also said Comey is "a showboat. Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

He insisted there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians".

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