Sean Spicer refuses to deny that Trump is taping White House visitors

20 May, 2017, 10:02 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday

Furious with the news coverage of the White House's shifting explanations on Comey's sacking, Trump lashed out, suggesting the media was wrong to expect his spokespeople to be 100 percent accurate.

Richard BurrRichard BurrGOP senator: Special prosecutor "on the table" Deputy attorney general to brief Senate next week after Comey firing Senate committee asks deputy AG, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation head for briefing on Russia MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerTop Intel Dem: Congress must review any Trump-Comey tapes Treasury to share financial info on Trump and Russia for Senate probe: reports GOP senator: Special prosecutor "on the table" MORE (D-Va.), the top two members on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday.

Trump said the candidates were "outstanding people" and "very well known". No one with half a brain actually believed that, and if there is any solace to be taken from Trump's admission, it's that we can at least stop pretending that the firing of Comey had anything to do with something other than Russian Federation. "Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense", the Times reported. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding".

In an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press", Graham also said of the Russian Federation probe: "The president needs to back off here and let the investigation go forward". He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One before flying to southern Virginia, where he delivered his first commencement address as president at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school.

Reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey tilts negative, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday has found.

The White House had no immediate comment and no White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer would neither confirm nor deny during Friday's press briefing that President Donald Trump has recorded audio of his private White House conversations, including his January dinner with ousted FBI Director James Comey.

It is essential that this White House not be allowed to export its credibility-destroying dysfunction to the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The poll found 23 percent believe the bill is a "good idea", 48 percent say it is a "bad idea" and 28 percent have no opinion. He spoke of cooperating in Syria, downplayed the importance of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and even said he would look at recognizing Crimea's 2014 annexation by Russian Federation. A 2009 memo drafted by former Attorney General Eric Holder dictates that only the attorney general and the deputy attorney general can communicate with the White House. When would Trump fire Comey if this was the case?

The former Justice Department attorneys and FBI agents that TPM spoke with all expressed concern that the mere suggestion Trump asked Comey about the investigation could wreak havoc going forward.

Trump, earlier this week, had abruptly fired Comey from the top position citing his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton emails case past year.

Reportedly, Trump had sought assurances of loyalty from Comey, which Comey rightly refused to give.

The different accounts prompted Trump to tweet on Friday a veiled threat to Comey regarding the existence of recordings of their conversations.

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