Donald Trump Threatens James Comey, Implies He Taped Conversations

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

The California Democrat also hopes the hearings will investigate whether Trump actually asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, according to The Hill.

"This just isn't another wild tweet from the president", Sen. By Wednesday afternoon, the officials, like Trump, were saying he had in fact been considering ousting the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for months because of a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the agency.

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has indicated the president isn't particularly anxious about the appearance that Trump's decision to fire Comey was an attempt to remove a check on his power and quell the escalating investigation into his campaign. The move comes as the agency is investigating whether Trump's campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

Former national intelligence director James Clapper on Friday afternoon corroborated the Times account of Comey's January dinner with the president. Rosenstein "met with Comey, had the opportunity to be able to meet with him, be able to talk to him. Rosenstein contacted the president and said, 'Long-term, we've got to resolve this, ' and they did".

President Donald Trump admitted the FBI's probe of then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server helped him during the 2016 election, and added that he never would have let his opponent walk free.

Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer.

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On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables. He was so valued that President Barack Obama asked him to stay on two years longer than his 10-year term.

Comey has not commented since he was sacked.

Trump and Comey's relationship was strained early on, in part because of the president's explosive and unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. "I think in many ways, our institutions are under assault externally and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system". "The culture of law enforcement and the celebrity culture that the president comes out of are very different".

Trump sent out two tweets Friday that suggested he would cancel White House press briefings and instead hand out written statements to communicate with the public.

But Comey rarely shied away from media appearances when he felt it was in the public interest to speak - something some critics say was his critical failing.

He has declined - at least for the time being - an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify behind closed doors on Tuesday. It has always been bureau practice for directors to stay out of the limelight, but Comey is now a household name.

"I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate".

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