March 19, 2018

Trump denies he asked Comey for loyalty, threatens to cancel press briefings

19 May 2017, 09:28 | Melvin Schneider

Protest outside Federal Building over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. AFP

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"Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

The two senior congressmen wrote that "under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the president". Trump fired Comey this past week.

Trump's recent comments have also prompted fresh accusations of interference with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

After Trump tweeted that his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director should hope such recordings do not come to light, Spicer pointedly refused to rule out the existence of such tapes.

The New York Times first reported on the dinner meeting on Thursday, 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".

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn, New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia and former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher will be interviewed today for the post, an administration official said.

In an interview with United States media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

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President Donald Trump's now infamous Friday morning tweet - which, in case you forgot, entailed him warning former FBI Director James Comey that he "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press" - may have already come back to bite him. No one from the White House.

Sean Spicer told reporters Friday that the president was "dismayed" that the focus was on the accuracy of the statements delivered by his spokesmen.

Comey could testify during an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, meaning the president's tweet could be seen as witness intimidation.

When asked whether Trump requested a pledge of loyalty, Spicer said the report wasn't true.

Trump said an agreement struck with China will allow the sell its beef and other major products to that country once again. Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office. "He's unsafe because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed". Since then, a lot of controversy has surrounded the president's decision.

Spicer declined to say whether canceling briefings was a real possibility.

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