President Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium
President Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium
Protest outside Federal Building over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. AFP
17 May, 2017, 20:16
President Donald Trump took to twitter Friday morning to issue a dire warning to former FBI Director James Comey about trying to influence media coverage of his firing. While presidents have the authority to fire their FBI directors for any reason, Mr Comey is only the second FBI Director ever to be dismissed. They also commented only on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Trump "is emulating some of the worst aspects of Richard Nixon and for those of us watching from the outside, we have to ask why", said Naftali. "I'm only talking as a candidate, I'm not saying as president where I want to do what is right for the country necessarily, I'm talking purely as a candidate for me to get votes", Trump said.
Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl around Trump's dismissal of Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Trump campaign aides' contacts with Russian Federation and whether there was any collusion in the alleged meddling of the 2016 USA election by Moscow.
"If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday. But Spicer and his team have kept up regular briefings.
Mr Comey reportedly said he hopes there are tapes of his various conversations with Mr Trump.
And at his NY office during the campaign, workers believed Trump had a system set up to record phone calls. Federal law and the law in NY state do not require both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded. "Another president, I won't use names, but another president doesn't doing what I'm doing". In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording.
Comey's temporary replacement, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, also contradicted statements from administration officials on Thursday, strongly disputing the White House story line that Comey's firing came in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file. That's at odds with with the account given by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told reporters Trump fired Comey based on the report written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Former National Intelligence director James Clapper said Friday that Comey was uneasy about attending the dinner due to the "appearance of compromising the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is a hallowed tenet in our system".
But he also said: "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".
Trump says in an interview with NBC News that he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of the recommendations of top Justice Department officials.
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That and similar reports apparently led to Trump's tweet.
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Comey had been overseeing investigations into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation to skew the 2016 election. The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with US partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip.
Meddling in a federal investigation could qualify as impeding a judicial proceeding under the obstruction statute. A second Comey associate told NPR that Comey wrote notes for his files after several conversations with Trump.
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That suggests a range of 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) or more if flown for maximum distance, analysts said. The nature of the projectile is not immediately clear, a South Korean military official said by telephone.
Garland was President Barack Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after Scalia's death past year . Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
Congress must also pass a new spending bill by September 30, the end of the fiscal year, or risk a crippling government shutdown. On Friday, Trump's lawyers announced he had only minor financial dealings with Russian Federation over the last 10 years.
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