Comey's story 'may have changed' when he heard about tapes

Kari Scott
June 26, 2017

Unless US President Donald Trump decides that he has had enough, and returns to his gilded Manhattan tower, his presidency's metastasizing crisis will continue to haunt him. "Lordy I hope there are tapes", Comey said when he testified before a Senate committee, because he believed that accurate recordings of his conversations with Trump would support his contention that the President had pressured him on the Russian Federation matters.

His suggestion that he was suspicious someone may have been eavesdropping on the conversation is at odds with Comey's testimony that the president requested others in the Oval Office leave before he asked the FBI director to drop an investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.

Mr Mueller has not given any details of his investigation but United States media have reported he is investigating Mr Trump for possible obstruction of justice, both in the firing of Mr Comey and whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Now, Trump's suggesting there was a strategy behind the mention of "tapes" - to keep Comey honest. Allegations of ties to Russian Federation have cast a shadow over Trump's first five months in office, distracting from attempts by his fellow Republicans in Congress to overhaul the U.S. healthcare and tax systems.

During the Fox interview, Mr Trump also questioned the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russia's meddling in the USA election and the possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Before the tapes, there was Trump's unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama "wiretapped" him in Trump Tower during the campaign - setting off a flurry of official inquiries from Congress.

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He described the special counsel, who is a former FBI director, as "good friends" with the former head of the FBI, James Comey.

The NBC/WSJ poll also finds 46 percent of Americans disapproving of Trump's decision to fire Comey - up from 38 percent in May. In denying yesterday that he had created "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, for example, Trump also suggested that he may have been surveilled. "Lordy I hope there are tapes", Comey said. "He was - he did admit that what I said was right". I can tell you that.

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"Big news today, you didn't-you said you didn't tape James Comey", said Fox's Ainsley Earhardt.

Though the tweets were vague, they carried the implication that Trump had tapes and planned to release them. Those days came and went without an answer.

Comey testified in front of the Senate earlier this month that he had written memos detailing his private interactions with Trump because he "was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting".

"There's nothing criminal or illegal about bluffing", said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor who has often defended Trump against various allegations.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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