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Sen. Ron Johnson: Possible Trump Recording 'Troubling'

Sen. Ron Johnson: Possible Trump Recording 'Troubling'

Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation.

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

In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey.

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump assailed critics and the media over their response to Comey's ouster, and threatened to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.

Trump's comments come after his description of his decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey in an NBC News interview Thursday flatly contradicted the accounts provided earlier by White House officials, including Vice President Pence, exposing their explanations as misleading and in some cases false.

Later Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., excoriated the Trump administration for the mixed messaging surrounding Comey's firing and Rosenstein's role in it, noting on the Senate floor that "the story coming out of the White House about why Mr. Comey was sacked continues to change, and there are no good explanations for the changes".

The former intelligence chief also dismissed Trump's assertion that the Russian Federation investigation is "fake news", and indirectly issued some advice to the White House to cooperate with the inquiry.

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




After again insisting that the Trump-Russia story was just another Democratic Party fabrication and that his surrogates couldn't possibly speak with "perfect accuracy" because he's such an active president, he turned his attention to James Comey.

Historians say presidents are believed to have stopped routinely recording visitors without their knowledge when the Oval Office recording system used by President Richard Nixon was exposed in 1973.

"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1", said Graham, R-S.C.

McCabe's testimony undercut a White House narrative that has evolved in the two days since Comey was ousted. White-collar defense attorney Alice Fisher interviewed for about 90 minutes with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee. She pointed to the second page, which is filled with quotes from opinion pieces and news clippings about former Justice Department officials critiquing Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation.

Trump's advisers have repeatedly tried to downplay the Russia-election matter, with Sanders saying Wednesday the FBI was "doing a whole lot more than the Russian Federation investigation".

"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.

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.


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