Although it’s unclear where and when Trump may have potentially recorded his conversations with Comey, it seems most likely their conversations happened in either Washington, D.C. or NY, which also has a “one-party consent” law.
Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings. He said that if the investigation gets short-circuited there will continue to be a “dark cloud” over the administration. And it now explains why all the deserved bad press he has generated against himself led him to threaten to do away with the White House press briefing “and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy”.
Trump’s advisers have repeatedly tried to downplay the Russia-election matter, with Sanders saying Wednesday the FBI was “doing a whole lot more than the Russian Federation investigation”. Spicer asked, saying Clapper repeatedly stated he hadn’t seen evidence of collusion.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss notes that presidents supposedly stopped the once frequent practice of recording Oval Office meetings after President Richard Nixon’s recording system was revealed in 1973.
Press secretary Sean Spicer rejected USA media reports that the president sounded out Mr Comey at a private White House dinner in January.
The president is “a little dismayed”, Spicer said when asked about Trump’s threat to kill the briefings.
As McCabe testified, President Trump spoke out about his decision to fire Comey – something that was starkly different from what his administration said.
“If there are tapes, I believe maybe it is not our committee’s jurisdiction”, Warner said. I’m not talking about anything else. “I’m not under investigation”.
“It’s ultimately going to be his decision to hire someone or to fire someone”, said Spicer on Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
A humbler, less self-centered president might have been chastened by the outraged reaction to the dismissal of an FBI director who was leading an investigation of that president’s own campaign.
“I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day”, McCabe said, responding to a question about Sanders’ comment that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials had “lost confidence” in Comey. McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump’s version of his conversations with Comey.
For the Trump White House, however, the briefing devolved this week into a guessing game for a staff struggling to speak on behalf of a president who spends much of his time airing thoughts – on Twitter and in interviews – that directly contradict them.
The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation. We do what we can, but the president is an activist president.
The FBI typically does not confirm their existence.
Warner added that Comey “is going to tell his side of the story” once “the appropriate time and place” are figured out. “And from what we know about the investigation, he is the beneficiary of the Russian interference”, Zeidenberg said, referring to Trump.
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.