Lunes, 29 May, 2017

Trump to Comey: Better hope there are no 'tapes' of talks

Trump slams James Comey as a Clapper rebuts Trump: 'I don't know if there was collusion or not'
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:24

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", read the message.

More than a lack of momentum on major policy goals, Trump is said to be seething over the flood of leaks pouring out of the White House and into news reports.

All along, Trump's spokesmen insisted that his decision was not shaped in any way by his growing fury with the Russian Federation controversy, including the FBI investigation overseen by Comey into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election and whether there had been any coordination with Trump associates. During questioning, Clapper insisted that he was not aware of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

By Wednesday, White House officials were saying that Trump had contemplated firing Comey for a long period of time, but made the final determination after hearing from Sessions and Rosenstein.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.

Spicer's comments came as a response to Trump's eye-opening tweet from earlier Friday, which appeared to serve as a threat to Comey.

Trump has learned what the White House press corps has learned in this new age of politics in the United States: You can't.

"What needs to happen here is to clear this cloud, the cloud that's hanging over the administration, over the president, over the White House, and it would be in everyone's best interest to get to the bottom of this".

Clapper said he has no insight as to what was discussed between Comey and Trump at a dinner, but said going to dinner with the president would not be unusual.

Those Democrats, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of MI, also requested "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President's decision to dismiss Director Comey - a decision which the president declared yesterday he planned to make "regardless of [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's] recommendation" - and all discussions with Director Comey".

Spicer was absent from the Wednesday and Thursday press briefings, in arguably some of the most critical days of Trump's presidency so far.

"Even that is possible", he told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.

In his interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump said the decision to fire Comey was his idea, citing "this Russian Federation thing", contradicting his administration's paper trail suggesting Trump was merely taking the advice of his attorney general.

The firing of Comey already has left Trump with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to dismiss a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director should be someone "not of partisan background" with "great experience" and "courage". GOP Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general, also interviewed.