Trump on Asking for Comey's Loyalty: 'I Didn't'

Elias Hubbard
May 19, 2017

The article was based on interviews with two Comey associates whom he had told of the meeting, which they said Trump had requested.

Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey, who was leading the agency's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign.

May 16, 2017: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Comey wrote a memo after the February 14 meeting with the president that said Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn.

"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. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now under assault and "eroding".

CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter. Mark Warner (D-VA) affirmed that it was, but said "he won't be testifying on Tuesday" as he was invited to do.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have clouded Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.

The public very much disagrees, according to new numbers from an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday.

But Rosenstein does not see the need at this time for a special prosecutor, CNN reported.

President Trump said his administration may be able to "make a fast decision" on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director as candidates began arriving at the Department of Justice Saturday morning for interviews.

At the moment, Congressional Republicans - at least the bulk of them - seem content to go along with Trump.

"Boy it's been quite a week", Warner said. Comey declined, instead offering "honest".

"I think the process is going to move quickly because nearly all of them (candidates) are well-known", Trump said. Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey. Trump calls Comey over to where he is standing in the Blue Room to offer a handshake and a partial hug, then comments that Comey has "become more famous than me".

He then appeared to contradict himself in an interview with NBC saying that he was always going to fire Comey regardless of the advice of his legal advisors.

He tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" Trump said. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

As if to ridicule and dismiss the whole Russian scandal as nothing more than "fake news", Trump met Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. As to the first point, Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said in 2016 that it was Comey's "duty" to publicise certain aspects of the Clinton investigation, including most notably an October 28, 2016 to congress (which was quickly leaked by Republican Jason Chaffetz) explaining that the Clinton investigation was not closed, but ongoing, due to the discovery of possible additional emails on a laptop owned by Anthony Wiener, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected dismissal of Comey.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 3.

Also interviewed Saturday were Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court; GOP Sen. She would be the FBI's first female director, if chosen by Trump and subsequently confirmed by the Senate.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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