Sacked FBI chief plots strike at Trump

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

"And as a outcome, I was not aware of the counterintelligence investigation Director Comey first referred to during his testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on the 20th of March, and that comports with my public statements".

President Donald Trump on Friday ratcheted-up the rhetoric against fired FBI Director James Comey, issuing a warning via Twitter to Comey that he shouldn't leak information to the media.

"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.

The silence from the Republican leadership in the face of Trump's appalling affront to the Constitution is rank hypocrisy compared to their high-pitched howling over former president Bill Clinton's impromptu tarmac meeting in Phoenix last June with then-attorney general Loretta Lynch when the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's emails. He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during the White House dinner and in two phone conversations. He's said he wanted Comey gone and would have fired him regardless. All I want is for Comey to be honest. Particularly eyebrow-raising was Trump's assertion that he had received three separate assurances from the FBI director that he is not now under investigation by the bureau.

It was unclear whether Mr Trump's reference to "tapes" suggested there might be secret recordings of conversations that could be used to challenge any statements by Mr Comey, or whether it was simply a way of warding him off from commenting.

Trump said in his brief statement about firing Comey on Tuesday that the FBI chief had told him three times that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. If Trump installed a recording system in the White House, it would be for the first time since Richard Nixon was in office - and we all know how that turned out.

James Comey, left, and Donald Trump.

What Hewitt had no way of knowing when he wrote this is that the White House would soon after abandon the "it's about Rosenstein" narrative.

Many in Washington have expressed concern that the Russian Federation investigation would not be able to continue unhampered following Mr Comey's dismissal.

Fewer than 48 hours after taking over, McCabe testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asserting that Comey's firing by President Donald Trump has had no impact on an ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

White House aides themselves aren't immune from the problem.

Many perceived the tweet as a threat directed at the recently fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"That is not accurate", McCabe said.

Mason: Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen.

Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress. Did he record his dinner with Comey back in January?

It's a claim made of Comey that has many experts skeptical. He's a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil.

"I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all", Comey told former colleagues in a letter he delivered.

"Dems are going to hate me for this".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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