Republican voters don't seem to care about Comey's firing

Jackie Newman
Мая 15, 2017

President Trump tweeted Friday that "Comey had better hope there are no tapes of our conversations", and Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to answer press questions about whether there are recording devices in the White House.

Asked by Fox News' Jeanine Pirro if the pace of his actions was to blame for the White House communication staff's difficulties - which, this week, included offering contrasting accounts surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey - Trump agreed.

The possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation could face greater scrutiny on Capitol Hill after the president publicly contradicted the reason he gave congressional leaders for the decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey. That matches comments from Vice President Mike Pence - but not what Trump himself had to say when he declared in a Wednesday interview that he would have fired Comey with or without a recommendation from the Department of Justice.

Comey had angered Democrats over his handling of the probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" he added. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) declined, through representatives, to describe their conversations with Trump. "Jim Comey deserves his chance to lay out to the American public his side of the facts".

"I think the president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law", he said. Trump, however, told NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday that he was considering firing Comey for a long time, and he would have fired Comey regardless of the DOJ's recommendation.

Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL, who serves on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn on Friday afternoon asking for copies of any tapes involving conversations with Comey that might exist, according to a report by NPR.

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"Having regular press briefings is key to giving journalists the ability to do their jobs", Mason said.

And at his NY office during the campaign, workers believed Trump had a system set up to record phone calls.

Reporters also peppered Spicer with questions about whether Trump was recording in the Oval Office and Spicer responded that he had nothing further to say.

"What Comey did, [he] had good moments for me as a candidate", Trump said.

Trump was referring to past statements by Clapper in which the former DNI said he had not seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "I was going to fire Comey", Trump said. John Cornyn are two of 11 candidates on a White House list who could lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The controversy began this morning, when Trump again took aim at the investigation into his administration and its potential ties to Russian Federation, while blasting the "fake media" and its coverage of the issue. If so, we request copies of all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter'.

In the runup to the inauguration, a senior administration official told Esquire that the transition team was considering evicting the White House press corps from the James Brady briefing room.

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