Donald Trump won't deny White House bugged with hidden cameras

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Comey fastidiously keeps evidence of potential wrongdoing to protect himself and the agency.

Former FBI Director James Comey is "not worried" about President Trump's suggestion that conversations between the two of them could have been taped, CNN reported Friday.

He described the candidates being considered for the post as "outstanding people", "very well-known", and of the "highest level".

"Yesterday, the President told NBC News that he asked Mr. Comey if he was under investigation while he was actively considering whether or not to retain Mr. Comey as FBI director, a question that in itself undermines the FBI's independence".

Wednesday: "No", Sanders said, when asked if the president had already made a decision to fire Comey on Monday when he asked Rosenstein for the memo.

On Thursday, NBC reported that the White House "has abandoned the idea of President Trump visiting Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters after being told he would not be greeted warmly", according to administration officials.

Trump defended the inconsistency, tweeting Friday that "as a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

Trump told reporters aboard the Air Force One as he embarked on a visit to Lynchburg, Virginia that a decision may come as soon as before he starts his first oversea trip next Friday.

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Mr. Spicer on Friday also was asked to account for his accuracy at the podium, after Mr. Trump in separate tweets on Friday morning said it wasn't always possible to ensure statements made during daily briefings were correct.

In a sudden move late Tuesday night, Trump fired Comey, who had six more years left in his term. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said.

The New York Times said Comey told associates he declined to make a pledge of loyalty to Trump when the president requested it while they dined just seven days after his inauguration.

He also sent out a tweet in which he appeared to threaten Comey by releasing recordings of their conversations.

Testifying before the Senate obviously wouldn't fall into the category of "leaking to the press" - at least not ususally, but you never know with Trump.

All along, his spokesmen have maintained that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation that was being overseen by Comey.

"I assume you're referring to the tweet", Spicer responded, "and I've talked to the President and the President has nothing further to add on that".

Trump's confidants have reportedly been pointing out to him that his approval ratings are not seeing any improvement - as of Saturday, the president has a 56% disapproval rating and a 39% approval rating, according to Gallup.

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