Trump tweet: 'Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations'

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Trump then defended both deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as "a lovely young woman", who had substituted for Spicer during the briefings on Wednesday and Thursday, when he was serving duty with the Navy Reserve, and calling Spicer "a wonderful human being" and "a nice man".

Already Trump's decision appears to have emboldened the Senate intelligence committee investigating into Russia's election interference and the president's associates, with lawmakers announcing a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The White House may have given Knight a waiver, the investigative outlet reported, but there's no way to know because the administration has also ended the government's publication of those waivers through the Office of Government Ethics. President Trump tweeted, refering to now disputed talks the two had before Trump summarily fired Comey on Tuesday night.

But the president declined to say whether Spicer would continue in his position.

After resurfacing following her 2016 loss, Clinton pointed the finger at Comey as well as the WikiLeaks for her loss. Under an onslaught of Republican criticism, Comey says that to charge Clinton would have been unwarranted and mere "celebrity hunting". Now Comey has been removed, sparking a host of new questions. November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" that she should not face criminal charges.

Whether Trump was suggesting there are actually tapes of their conversations is unknown at present. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

November 12, 2016: During a telephone call with top campaign donors, Clinton blames Comey for her defeat by Trump.

Trump said the rocket "better work well".

And on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to deny that Trump may have recorded his conversation with Comey.

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President Donald Trump warned sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey Friday not to "leak" details of their conversations to the media, suggesting they may have been taped.

February 14, 2017: Comey speaks with Trump in the Oval Office a day after Flynn is ousted.

"There is supposed to be a line that is not crossed, including asking the FBI if you yourself are the target of the investigation", Moss told VOA.

None of that is true, Comey's associates insist.

"I have heard that directly from him that information was relayed directly to him from director Comey", Sanders said during the press briefing, noting that she got her information directly from the president.

Trump asked the students why their rocket was named for him. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY. But he tells senators: "I can't consider for a second whose political futures will be affected and in what way". He simply stated a fact. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

[Tuesday:] The original explanation from Trump and his White House was that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated Comey's firing. But in an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Mr Trump said he had already chose to fire Mr Comey and would have done so regardless of any recommendation.

Mr Trump's defenders have said Watergate comparisons are overwrought and that there is no evidence of collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's election. "I don't know if there was evidence of collusion, nor should I have". Comey didn't want to do it.

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