He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, “for the sake of accuracy”. “Under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the President”, Judiciary Committee ranking member John Conyers and Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings wrote in a letter to the White House counsel Donald McGahn.
“When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?”
Mr Trump seemed to be suggesting that he would release recordings if Mr Comey gave his own version of events, she adds.
Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump said: “Even that is possible”.
In his interview with NBC, Mr. Trump said he didn’t ask Mr. Comey to drop the investigation.
“I think the process is going to move quickly because nearly all of them (candidates) are well-known”, Trump said.
Mr Trump sought to play down his Russian Federation connections in the interview.
“President Trump doesn’t understand Watergate, he hasn’t learned anything from it”, he said. “In fact”, Mr. Trump said, “I want the investigation speeded up”. No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.
The president’s remarks came four days after his controversial firing of James Comey, a move that was still resonating in Washington.
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. “And that’s what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation”.
Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full U.S. Senate next week on Comey’s firing, according to a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” The American people need and deserve the truth about the firing of the FBI Director and its effect on the investigations in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Calling Trump’s remarks about possible taped conversations “outrageous”, Sen.
Trump will talk about anything, but he is suddenly refusing to discuss whether he is illegally taping conversations in the White House.