Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump Tweet During Friday Press Briefing

Katrina Barker
May 17, 2017

Comey, they said, declined to make such a pledge but told Trump he would always give him "honesty".

That's why Trump's tweet gave pundits and historians fresh ammunition to continue drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon as they have in the days since Trump fired Comey, who as head of the FBI oversaw the investigation into potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. It was not clear whether he was talking about the same meal, but they are believed to have had only one dinner together. Asking such a question "would come close to bribery... or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would've had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought", Tribe said.

While the Daily Caller did not directly accuse Comey of leaking the information, a Gateway Pundit headline read, "Friday Tweets: TRUMP Goes After Fake News and Comey Leaks to Press".

A businessman and reality television star who never served in public office, Mr Trump may not have understood that by tradition, Federal Bureau of Investigation directors are not supposed to be political loyalists, which is why Congress in the 1970s passed a law giving them 10-year terms to make them independent of the president.

According to a Friday report by the Associated Press, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) are on the shortlist to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. After he was sacked, they felt free to discuss it off the record. "No one from the White House".

Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation".

Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump said: "Even that is possible".

It's unclear what Trump meant when he tweeted about "tapes" on Friday morning. The dinner described by Mr Comey's associates came in the early days of the Trump administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Mr Trump's campaign.

Mr Trump met Mr Comey for the first time in January when, along with intelligence chiefs, Mr Comey showed him proof of that intervention. 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". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein produced a memo that cited as justification Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and his insistence that he would have done things the same way if he had another opportunity.

In an interview with NBC on Thursday, Trump also revealed that he had asked Comey on three occasions whether he was personally under investigation.

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