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Donald Trump Offers Nearly Incomprehensible Explanation For James Comey Tapes Claims

26 June 2017

On an unrelated note, when asked about reports of a switch-up in the White House communications department that could see him stepping away from the briefing podium and into a more administrative role, Spicer said, "I wouldn't read everything that you see in some of the Washington-based publications".

When asked directly whether Mr Mueller's friendship with the fired FBI director meant he should recuse himself from the investigation, the President said: "Well, he's very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome". The part of the interview that added to Trump's woes was set up by a Fox and Friends host flattering the President by saying he was smart to lie about the Comey tapes.

Allegations of ties to Russian Federation have cast a shadow over Trump's first five months in office, distracting from attempts by his fellow Republicans in Congress to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems.

In a sign of where the special counsel's investigation may be headed, Mueller, a former FBI director known for his thoroughness, recently hired a specialist in financial misconduct. The president's earlier suggestion that he had tapes that he now says never existed undercuts him, Robenalt said.

She interviewed Trump and his wife, Melania, at the White House during Thursday night's congressional picnic.

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This is far from the only time Trump has undermined his own people.

Mr Trump responded at that time, via Twitter, that Mr Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'

The problem for Trump, when it came to Comey, was that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director couldn't be bluffed.

"I certainly think that the president would hope that the former director would tell the truth". Sessions is one of several Trump advisers who "forgot" that they met with Russian officials during the presidential campaign or post-election transition.

In the piece, Wittes recalled that Comey had told him at a lunch meeting that he sought to distance himself from Trump.

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With that single tweet, Trump immediately deepened his own legal and political quagmire, evoking comparisons to former President Richard Nixon and prompting congressional committees investigating his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation to demand the disclosure of any such recordings. "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States", he said.

Trump's tweets on Thursday raised questions about why the president would have staked his reputation and political capital on promoting something that wasn't real. "You know, health care is a very hard situation".

Comey, of course, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a highly viewed hearing on June 8, addressing - among other things - Trump's May tweet about the alleged recordings.

His tweet came a day before he was required by Congress to hand over any such tapes.

As reported by the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Friday, 45 percent of respondents were more likely to believe Comey's testimony on his firing on 9 May, while only 22 percent said they would believe Trump´s side of the story, .

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