As of Friday morning, Comey had not responded to the request.
The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein. The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.
“The lesson for presidents since Nixon was, do not tape your Oval Office conversations”, said Timothy Naftali, a professor at New York University and the first federal director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.
The party-line explanation of why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey – that it was all about the way Comey handled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails – crumbled within hours. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general; and U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s health care law in 2010.
Coupled with Comey’s independence in his almost four years as director was an unusual openness about the FBI’s work. Even Vice President Mike Pence was in a “sense of shock” after his public statements were undercut by Trump himself, CNN reported. Media outlets are having a field day with this alleged contradiction. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media aboard Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, May 13, 2017.
A look at key moments in Comey’s tenure, the lead-up to Trump’s decision to fire him and developments since then. Mr Comey declined to do so, saying he would always be honest with the president but wasn’t “reliable” in a political sense.
Not to mention Congress, which is also investigating.
Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russian Federation.
The news conference was held without Justice Department approval, strayed from standard protocol and led to criticism of Comey’s moral certitude and go-it-alone inclinations. President Donald Trump is considering almost. The remainder said they did not know enough to have an opinion. How dare they posture indignantly about Trump’s supposed dishonesty? Those around Trump are eager to get him out of the White House and outside of Washington as soon as possible, according to a source close to the White House. Their constant laments about the democratic process are laughably belied by their refusal to accept the results of the presidential election.
Trump’s comments to NBC raised questions about whether he had acted inappropriately and whether Comey had broken government guidelines. Trump once denied doing so.
Their counterfeit hysteria knows no bounds.
October 28, 2016: Days before the election, Comey informs Congress by letter that he is reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email practices based on new evidence, citing the discovery of emails on a laptop used by a top Clinton aide. On Friday he released a letter from two of his lawyers saying his tax returns, which are still undisclosed, would show he has no business ties to Russian Federation – “with a few exceptions”. It is standard practice for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others in the Justice Department to refuse to even confirm a specific person is being investigated.
“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation”, McConnell said in a Senate speech Wednesday morning.
A buoyant President Donald Trump reemerged into public for the first time in more than a week on Friday, offering few signs of the malaise that has gripped his administration since the hasty dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews claimed that the firing was “a little whiff of fascism”.
Graham also said he would consider a special prosecutor if Comey’s recounting of the meeting was accurate.
“We could be talking about Russian hacking in the midterms at this rate”, he wrote. “You are not under investigation” does not mean “You will never be under investigation”. But are they pointing to any evidence of this? His latest book is “The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels”.