Why Was James Comey Fired? President Trump Contradicts His Team

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 18, 2017

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

"What I did is I was going to fire Comey - my decision", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt.

President Trump issued a veiled threat Friday to James Comey - telling the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director that he'd better hope there are no recordings of their conversations.

The New York Times first reported on the dinner, saying that seven days after Trump was sworn in as president January 20, Comey was summoned to the "White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief".

But FBI officials contradicted Trump's claims, saying the dinner was requested by the White House.

In his letter announcing Comey's termination, Trump wrote that that he "greatly appreciated" Comey's informing him on "three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation".

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 in a tweet that he followed up in a second missive: "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Trump's defenders have said Watergate comparisons are overwrought and that there is no evidence of collusion between Mr. Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's election.

"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is unsafe", Durbin told MSNBC, the cable news channel.

He also specifically brought up the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

James Comey will not appear in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said. "The Fake Media is working overtime today!"

Mr Trump also defended his media team over criticism at their handling of this week's event - and threatened to abandon the policy of holding daily press briefings. Trump didn't provide further details Friday on whether he was taping conversations.

The list of interviewees is also said to include Michael Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the deputy Senate leader and a former state attorney general.

The FBI has never had a female director.

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