Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump's Alleged Conversations With Comey Improper

Trump's Alleged Conversations With Comey Improper

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.

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

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed". But Comey's colleagues told The New York Times instead that Trump pressed Comey at the dinner for a "loyalty" pledge to the president and that Comey refused.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally.

The next director will immediately be confronted with oversight of an FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an inquiry the bureau's acting head, Andrew McCabe, has called "highly significant".

Richard Burr of North Carolina, released the news on Friday. Lindsey Graham, is one of the Republicans who has called for a special prosecutor.

"Boy it's been quite a week", Warner said. The President said, Comey's response was "You are not under investigation".

"If there are tapes, the president should turn them over immediately" to congressional investigators", Schumer said, adding: "To destroy them would be a violation of law".

Less than a week after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and Mr Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves on Friday on his first overseas trip as president. "Then that would have been the big story as opposed to the inauguration", Trump said.

Even before Trump's provocative tweet, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

"We don't have press conferences", Trump said.

The firing came as the Trump-Russia investigation was reportedly intensifying.

Despite repeated denials from Trump administration officials that it wasn't Trump's decision to fire Comey, President Trump came out and said during an interview with NBC News that it was his decision and that he had "this Russian Federation thing" on his mind when he made the decision.

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected dismissal of Comey. Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president's action.

During the interview with NBC's Lester Holt yesterday, Trump admitted that he directly asked Comey if the FBI is investigating him. Later on, Spicer was asked again, and again he declined to say anything: "I think the point that I made with respect to the tweet is that the president has no further comment".

"I, I was going to fire Comey", he said.

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.

If you've gotten comfortable watching the White House press briefings as run by Press Secretary Sean Spicer ― as comfortable as one can be watching such things ― then there's a chance you'll be in for a surprise in the days or weeks to come. "Through a variety of questionable decisions, Director Comey lost the trust of both Republicans and Democrats", said Banks. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone's convinced his presidential campaign and Russian Federation did not collude before the election.

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