Sunday, 23 July, 2017

Trump's frustrations are boiling over after Comey dismissal

Kelley Robertson | 19 May, 2017, 04:43

During a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president appeared to imply that there are tapes of his private conversations with Comey, who Trump fired earlier this week.

Speaking at the Common Good forum in New York City, Gillibrand argued that Trump has "tried to undermine the basic institutions of our democracy", by firing former FBI Director James Comey earlier this week, saying Trump was further politicizing the department.

The president's morning Twitter comments again raised the specter of Richard Nixon, whose secretly taped conversations and telephone calls in the White House ultimately led to his downfall in the Watergate scandal. But sources have told CNN that Trump's decision to ax Comey was made after he grew increasingly frustrated with him following a congressional hearing last week in which he said he was "mildly nauseous" over the idea that he helped sway the 2016 election.

Of the Times report itself, President Trump would only say: "I read that article".

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

Mason then asked if the president thinks it's "appropriate to threaten someone like Mr. Comey not to speak".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017.Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???

A Comey associate has disputed that account.

Trump's tweets come after a week of multiple contradictions by his top aides and advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, who tried to explain the how and the why the president chose to sack Comey.

At least six candidates to be the bureau's director were in line Saturday for the first interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters.

The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

The president said he never pressured Comey into dropping the FBI investigation, and added that there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians". "You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, No. 1; No. 2, I don't know how it got out there because I didn't ask that question".

Perhaps the White House has a different definition of the word "threat" than literally everyone else in the English-speaking world.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

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