Ousted FBI director James Comey is willing to testify

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

New York University's Timothy Naftali says that since then, presidents have learned not to tape Oval Office conversations.

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

"Regardless of the recommendation", Trump told NBC, "I was going to fire Comey".

On Thursday, Trump threw two days of official White House accounts into dispute by insisting he'd long planned to fire Comey, even before his Justice Department provided him with a reason, and suggesting he was thinking about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation when he made the decision.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

The New York Times said Comey told associates he declined to make a pledge of loyalty to Trump when the president requested it while they dined just seven days after his inauguration. He said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job. If these were the reasons for Comey's dismissal, President Trump could have relieved him of his duties as early as January 20, or at any time over the last three months.

Once Comey uttered those words, President Donald Trump could not fire him - absent proof of criminal conduct or unethical behavior - without creating the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of undermining the investigation.

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

"I'm focused entirely on running for Senate, so yes, I'm ruling it out", she told reporters last week when asked about a 2020 presidential bid. Shutting down news briefings, the association said in a statement, "would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the USA system, no political figure is above being questioned". The four will interview with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But regardless of whether the timing represents coincidence or intentional obstruction, my gravest concern is the profound chilling effect that the firing may have on the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story", Trump told NBC.

"That I can't talk about", the president would only say. "The tweet speaks for itself", Spicer said.

Second, the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation was picking up steam.

The White House Correspondents Association objected to Trump's threat.

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