Schiff calls Trump's loyalty conversation with Comey "highly unethical"

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

It is "troubling", as several uneasy Republican senators have said, but, in itself, not real proof of anything. And that probe has been underway for some time, putting it presumably far ahead of whatever the Senate and House Intelligence Committees are doing. "And that's what we want for the FBI", Trump said.

The NBC/WSJ poll - conducted May 11-13, after Trump's dismissal of Comey - doesn't show a significant change in the president's overall standing. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

Bharara also stressed the independence of the US Attorney's Offices.

After the firing, Trump issued a veiled threat to Comey, warning him to think twice before "leaking" anything about their meeting.

Trump added another layer of intrigue to his dismissal of Comey, saying in a posting on Twitter on Friday that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

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It is unclear whether or not Mr. Trump is making recordings in the White House. Marco Rubio for president before backing Trump in May 2016. "He's going into territory with obstruction of justice". The tapes helped lead to his resignation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed eight candidates Saturday, including some who were not among the names distributed a day earlier by the White House. Did the president ever say anything to the director of the FBI that would be construed as trying to impede the investigation?

Watergate happened before many Americans alive today were born. Florida, where President Trump also has frequently traveled since taking office, generally requires all parties to consent to taping, although there is an exception for taping in public places where the parties wouldn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation. The lack of preparation left Trump's surrogates to skip from one flimsy pretext to another to explain what their boss had done.

For months, Trump dismissed the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation was ultimately responsible for hacking into computer systems and email accounts associated with the Democratic Party, then leaking information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

During the legal proceedings, Pratt's then-president, William Weidner, at one point referred to a conversation he had had with Mr. Trump, Mr. Weidner told the Journal in a phone interview. He joined the reserve in 1999, and reservists are required to serve one weekend per month and 10 days per year.

Meanwhile, the president continued to make headlines and rankle lawmakers from both parties. Asked about the existence of such recordings during an interview with Fox News that aired Saturday, Trump said, "That I can't talk about". Trump conducted a television interview with NBC's Lester Holt in which he said one of the reasons he fired the FBI chief was because Comey was too focused on investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation instead of the "real story" - leaks from the federal government to the media.

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