Sean Spicer Wants You to Know That the Tweet Speaks for Itself

Alvin Kelly
May 20, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that President Donald Trump's tweet - warning fired FBI Director James Comey about leaks of their conversations - was a "threat".

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.

Schiff on Sunday said Trump "needs to come clean" about whether his claim was "yet another fabrication" or whether he did indeed record his conversations with Comey.

The White House disputed that account.

"We can make a fast decision", Mr. Trump said.

Separately, Comey has declined to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he was asked to appear next week as part its attempt to find the circumstances in which he was sacked by Trump.

The president and White House officials have also professed frustration with an investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, which Comey as FBI director was leading.

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"I talked to Senator Cornyn on Friday morning, and he had been contacted directly by President Trump to talk about a number of Federal Bureau of Investigation director candidates including himself", said Ratcliffe, who added Cornyn told him he had not decided if he would pursue the position.

The letter (pdf), dated May 11 and addressed to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (as Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself), refers to Comey's dismissal "in the middle of his investigation" of such interference "a violation of the public trust".

It's a clear violation of federal criminal law to intimidate someone who might testify against you, which could ostensibly include Comey if he agrees to testify to Congress about the Russian Federation investigation.

NBC News tweeted that a "source close to Comey" said, "He hopes there are tapes".

"If so, we request copies of all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter", they said.

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said. Trump has openly vented his frustration with the media and Democrats on Twitter, musing about cancelling press briefings and arguing that it's hard for aides to know his thinking. Officials had assumed the move would be a "win-win" and would not cause a "political explosion", as both Republicans and Democrats have publicly criticized Comey, according to reports from Politico and CNN's Dana Bash.

In a statement, Krishnamoorthi explained that "these White House tapes could accelerate current investigations as previous tapes have aided past inquiries".

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