Sunday, 19 November, 2017

White House maintains Trump's tweet to Comey wasn't a threat

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday White House maintains Trump's tweet to Comey wasn't a threat
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 23:09

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had not asked fired FBI Director James Comey for his loyalty at a dinner in January.

The president tweeted early Friday, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, compared to 38% who disapprove.

Trump earlier fired off a tweet in which he claimed "the story about collusions between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".

Trump axed Comey on Tuesday, later saying that "he wasn't doing a good job".

He refused to comment on what Comey did or didn't say, but when asked whether it would be common for an FBI director to notify someone they were not the target of an investigation, said "I'm not aware of that being a standard practice".

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey.

Associates of Comey's told ABC News that they were skeptical that Comey would tell Trump he was in the clear amidst an ongoing investigation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, USA intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

'Single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,' Trump claims
Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn and Queens) said Mueller's appointment was an important step in the right direction. Bush's administration leaked the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame to reporters.

John Dean, a former White House counsel under Nixon who served four months in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, said it would be Trump, not Comey, with the most to lose were recordings of the two men to surface.

In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey.

A briefing was nevertheless held Friday, and spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back against charges that the Republican billionaire president had threatened Comey. A former senior FBI official said Comey also would never have told the president he was not under investigation, The Hill reported.

Comey again promised his "honesty", but did not pledge loyalty, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

"No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview set to air in full on Saturday. "He's risky because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" Trump tweeted. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'you are not under investigation'". "I mean it depends on how you define loyalty".

"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said. Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", and that "the Russians did not affect the vote". He said that while he received a scathing assessment of Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, that memo was not a catalyst for his dramatic decision as the White House had said earlier. On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

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