June 27, 2017

Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump Tweet During Friday Press Briefing

17 May 2017, 02:23 | Katie Chavez

The request comes in response to Trump's tweet Friday morning in which he stated that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Trump then went on to suggest scrapping the traditional White House briefings that have existed in some form since the Woodrow Wilson administration nearly a century ago.

Mr Comey told several people of his refusal to pledge loyalty to Mr Trump, on the condition that they not discuss it publicly while he was Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Burr said Tuesday he was "troubled" by the timing of Trump's firing of Comey.

"If there was an effort to use presidential power to thwart an investigation, that is another way of describing obstruction of justice", Gerhardt said. Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the USA top cop would stay in his role and continue his 10-year term.

"I can't refute it and I can't confirm it", Clapper said.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said when questioned about a recording system.

But it quickly became clear that the president had been stewing for days over the Russian Federation investigation and Comey's refusal to defend him in appearances before lawmakers. "The tweet speaks for itself".

That means it's illegal to destroy presidential recordings and they could be subpoenaed by, say, Congress - which is part of the reason why no president since Nixon has installed recording devices in the Oval Office.

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"This is our job", Burr said.

In an interview with NBC News, Trump also said he'd asked Comey point-blank if he was under investigation and was assured three times he was not.

Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Instead, they said, the president fired Comey on the advice of senior members of the Justice Department, who anxious about his handling of a 2016 investigation into Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.

The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision. Mr Comey said he would give "honesty".

"President Donald Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials", writes AP.

"Number two, I don't know how that got there because I didn't ask that question".

Importantly, "at no point in his statement to the Post before the story went live or in his appearance in front of reporters afterward does McMaster say, "President Trump didn't share classified information with Russia" or anything close to it, "says Aaron Blake at The Washington Post".

"It's always the president's decision", Spicer said. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as odd thoughts coming from his new boss.

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