No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2017

"You can't give the other side any opportunity to accuse you of political partisanship, which is why I think it was a mistake for Mueller to hire, essentially, people who have been large contributors to the [Clinton] campaign", said Dershowitz.

Spicer claimed the tactic had been successful, noting Comey testified under oath that he told Trump that the President wasn't under investigation personally.

Only 27 percent of Americans approve of Trump firing Comey, while 46 percent disapprove, the poll shows.

We've entered a realm of reality in which we cannot trust a single word that the sitting U.S. President says or tweets.

Mr Trump argued that Mr Mueller is "good friends" with Mr Comey, who was Mr Mueller's successor as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The New York Times has reported that Mr Trump has considered firing Mr Mueller but has so far been talked out of it by aides.

"Comey was determined to get revenge on the president by getting a special counsel appointed", he told Cooper.

"There's been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that", Mr Trump told Fox, adding that Mr Mueller "is an honourable man and hopefully he'll come up with an honourable solution". In his opinion, Trump's tweet is a case of Trump's "ability to recently sort of make things up". Trump later acknowledged he took this step with the Russian Federation probe in mind.

Mr Trump showed concern about that situation as well, telling Fox that Mr Mueller is "very, very good friends with Comey which is bothersome".

Donald Trump says his bluff on Twitter suggesting that he had taped conversations with former FBI Director James Comey "wasn't very stupid".

Trump suggested that his threat of tapes may have intimidated Comey into being more honest in his recollection of events.

Trump tweeted. Leaders of the House and Senate Russia investigations had asked Trump to produce the tapes, if they existed.

It is unclear what link Trump was trying to create between his tweet about having tapes and the Obama administration's alleged unmasking of Trump campaign officials. More than a half-dozen aides said they were unaware of any recording devices.

That claim quickly raised concerns that Mr Trump, like some past U.S. presidents, was secretly recording all of his conversations in the White House.

"Quite the opposite", Spicer said in an interview on Fox News, when asked if intimidation was Trump's intention.

Likewise, Warner included, "It's remarkable the president was so flippant to make his original tweet and then frankly stonewall the media and the country for weeks". He reiterated that in the interview - "I didn't tape, and I don't have any tape, and I didn't tape." - but added that he concocted the ruse to keep Comey honest.

CNN host Jake Tapper dressed down President Donald Trump after a series of public blunders that have damaged the White House's credibility. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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