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Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'

Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'

NBC News tweeted that a "source close to Comey" said, "He hopes there are tapes".

Trump fired Comey Tuesday after receiving a recommendation to do so by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, citing his handling of the Clinton email probe a year ago.

The reporter asked twice more whether Trump recorded any of his conversations.

He added that he felt there was an "incredible" amount of hostility from reporters toward Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"Well that I can't talk about".

President Trump told NBC News that Mr Comey requested the one-on-one dinner, but the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director reportedly maintains it was the president who invited him.

Mr Spicer denied the tweet was a threat. "The tweet speaks for itself. Because I can't trust that what I say to the president isn't going to be misconstrued and used against me because I don't do what he wants". Saudi Arabia readied a plan to invest as much as $40 billion of its sovereign wealth in USA infrastructure projects.

Trump earlier Friday issued a cryptic threat to Comey amid a flood of leaks to the media from the White House. One of those conversations was over dinner.

"No defense lawyer would have wanted their client to utter the incriminating words the president said on NBC to Lester Holt".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised questions about that account, saying on MSNBC Friday that Comey told him at the time that he was "uneasy" about having dinner with Trump because it might conflict with the FBI's independence. Former President Barack Obama's ethics czar Norm Eisen also tweeted concern.

"No, I didn't", he said when asked if he gave that request.




In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterized as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice".

"He said: "You are not under investigation".

The White House Correspondents' Association was quick to respond, condemning the proposal and stressing the importance of press briefings.

The letter didn't include any documentation and Trump, breaking with presidential precedent in the recent past, has refused to release any tax returns for public scrutiny.

That explains why he then asked the Justice Department to come up with a rationale for sacking him, not caring that his embrace of Comey's questionable handling of the Clinton email probe as the pretext for firing him would be met with instant suspicion.

By that measure, Trump succeeded.

Media captionWhat do Trump supporters think about Comey's firing?

Mr McCabe promised to expose any White House meddling into the probe on Russian Federation.

The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities.

"In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story", Mr Trump said.


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