If James Comey is going to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he reportedly has one condition-it has to be in public.
President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington.
Well-sourced reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets agreed on a very different explanation: Trump had grown increasingly angry at the doggedness with which Comey’s FBI was investigating how and why Russian Federation meddled in the election. But Spicer and his team have kept up regular briefings.
In a fresh tweet, Trump made it seem if James Comey leaks any kind of information with regard to their conversation, he would produce tapes refuting Comey’s claims.
Durbin said Trump’s tweet on Friday “could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law”.
Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI’s probe, a charge the White House has denied. And the fact that the FBI is investigating the Trump administration makes that politicization look like pure presidential self-interest.
Trump said the candidates were “outstanding people” and “very well known”.
“Let’s say I did it on January 20, the opening, right?”
And Flynn had been a prominent Trump adviser during the campaign.
The prospect of future Supreme Court vacancies has kept the Republican party unified behind Trump at this precarious moment of his young presidency, but Comey’s firing in the midst of a wide-ranging probe into the Trump’s campaigns contacts with Russian operatives may force justices mulling retirement to bide their time as the scandal unfolds.
White House officials said Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to replace Comey, Including Texas Sen.
Two new names, however, emerged on Saturday: FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson.
A person who had seen the memo told The Associated Press what Comey had written.
Trump spent most of the week out of sight, a marked change from a typically jam-packed schedule that often includes multiple on-camera events per day. Had they used the president’s campaign statements, the legislation would have been ruled unconstitutional. Trump fired James Comey from the position on Tuesday.
President Trump thinks he can get away with anything. This source explained Comey couldn’t do much to reject the invitation because Trump was his boss.
Some House Republicans, who technically have no role in the pick, have spoken out about the need for non-partisanship and independence. By week’s end, he was musing about cutting back on the White House’s televised press briefings.
President Trump, who is no stranger to firing since his days as the host of The Apprentice, the highly-popular TV show, lost no time being out for Mr Comey’s scalp, as soon as the newly-appointed Deputy attorney general declared that the Department of Justice had lost faith in the former. It was then revealed that Trump asked Comey repeatedly for his “loyalty” at that dinner, during which Trump insists Comey told him he was not under investigation by the FBI. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen. “He’s a little bit like a quarterback that gets ahead of his offensive line”.
Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president.
But the blowback from Comey’s firing left the White House reeling once again. “He’s simply stating a fact”, Spicer said tersely.
Lemire reported from NY.