Trump in interview: Special counsel Mueller 'bothersome'

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday denied that President Donald Trump tried to intimidate James Comey by tweeting about "tapes" of their conversations-which the President has since said he doesn't actually possess-even as he claimed the tweet forced the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to "tell the truth".

"He said, 'you never know, '" Smith noted, adding the president also suggested his threat of tapes "may have forced Comey to be honest". "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", he said.

Lawmakers investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the United States 2016 election had asked the White House for any such recordings of Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt also teed up Trump to complain about Mueller's team, which includes several lawyers who have given money to Democrats and one who represented the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit brought by Larry Klayman, the Clinton-trolling head of Freedom Watch.

However, Trump went on to claim that Mueller and Comey were "very, very good friends", and described the alleged relationship as "very bothersome". I think he might have had a stroke.

"Robert Mueller is an honorable man, so hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution", Trump said.

Comey's story actually did not change, and unlike Trump, Comey has those memos to back him up, and now he also has Trump on video saying his testimony before the Senate was truthful.

However, an additional 21 per cent of respondents said they did not believe either, and eight per cent said they believe both of them.

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In March, Trump tweeted that he had been wiretapped by Obama prior to the election.

Trump's explanation implies that his tweets would have intimidated Comey into telling the truth instead of fabricating the details of their interactions. But you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed.

The president's tweets on Thursday left open the possibility that the conversations may have been taped without his knowledge.

Mueller is now said to be investigating whether the president has attempted to obstruct justice in the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified before a Senate committee that Trump had asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's alleged ties to Russian Federation. The defendants prevailed and the record created by the case made Donald Trump look irrational, as he claimed that his net worth depended, in part, on his level of self-esteem.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday, a day before the deadline, that he did not know if there were recordings of his conversations with Comey, but he did not make or have any such recordings.

He's brought trouble to his White House.

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