Spicer: Trump may address potential Comey tapes this week

Gladys Abbott
June 20, 2017

Jordan Libowitz, spokesman for the government accountability and transparency advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) told us the memos have likely come under the purview of an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 electionby Special Counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump requested he write up the letter to support the decision to fire Mr. Comey.

Here's another of Trump's Friday tweets, referring to Rod Rosenstein, the current top man at the Justice Department on Trump's case: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified to Congress that Trump wanted a memo laying out the case for firing Comey. "And that's the president, in his 140 characters, through his significant social media platform ... telling everybody, 'Wow, look at the irony here'".

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said, adding, "there is not an investigation of the President of the United States, period". Nice.” And then: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!”. "That the President was not and is not a target of investigation".

Mueller's probe is in its earliest stages and the idea he had narrowed the investigation down to one person is absurd. Mueller was rumored to be up for the job of Comey's replacement (he was also his predecessor). The attorney also maintained that there could not be any investigation into Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI director because the president had full constitutional authority to oust the agency head.

Whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will continue to have ultimate oversight of the multi-pronged federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now something of an open question. The only problem with the MSM summation of the situation is that Trump's tweets, though riddled with his characteristic Twitter tone, didn't say anything that the bulk of middle America isn't already thinking.

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Trump's policy keeps a U.S. Embassy open and allows U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to Cuba. On Sunday, Trump's attorney insisted that this is not the case, and that the President was merely reacting to a Washington Post story that first reported about an investigation for obstruction of justice. Ron Wyden of OR noted that Mr. Sessions was relying on an "executive privilege" of the presidency not articulated by Mr. Trump, but he heatedly maintained his position.

"One thing we've learned I think from the testimony of multiple people now is the President's pretty fired up about this, OK?"

At the president's urging, he has been on the offensive, casting doubt on Comey's character and raising questions about whether the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director inappropriately disclosed sensitive material.

"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer. Also the investigation into Kushner's business deals has not stopped Trump from deploying his son-in-law as his representative overseas.

As for the issue of that other interesting tweet, where the President implied he has tapes of his meetings with various people in which he discusses not being under investigation: "This issue will be addressed in due course and I suspect next week".

It seems to me largely semantics, but the is-he-or-isn't-he argument stems from the latest push by the White House.

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