“I’ve talked to the president”. All I want is for Comey to be honest. “And I hope he will be”.
President Donald Trump smiles in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 12, 2017, where he spoke to military mothers during their visit to the White House for a Mother’s Day celebration.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to seemingly threaten former FBI Director James Comey with tapes of their conversations – and Washington, D.C., was thrown into an uproar.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that Mr Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Mr Comey on his own accord. Feinstein had already joined forces with the committee’s chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, to call for a briefing on the Russian Federation investigation.
But it’s the court cases and laws stemming from Nixon’s secret recordings that could send Trump’s tweet backfiring.
The two senior congressmen wrote that “under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the president”.
Spicer did not respond to question that whether the White House taped the conversation between Trump and Comey, which the president was referring to.
“If they exist, Congress needs to get them”, Schiff said on Sunday. But the public could soon find out as Reps.
Top House Democrats promptly asked for copies of the tapes.
“They’ve been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well-known, high-respected, really talented people”, Trump said.
Phone call recordings would be less out of the ordinary, however. He was also set to welcome foreign leaders to the White House, with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday.
“That is possible”, Trump said.
Asked if the pick would be announced before his trip overseas, Mr. Trump said, “Even that is possible”.
Nick Ackerman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY and an assistant Watergate prosecutor, told MSNBC that the situation reminds him of Watergate and makes him wonder if Trump recorded Comey or if the president is trying to intimidate him by implying he has a tape. At a Senate hearing last Thursday, he heaped praise on his former boss and rebutted narratives advanced by the White House, including a bid to minimise the Russian Federation probe.
“Did he record or did somebody record? No idea”, said John Dean, Nixon’s former White House counsel.