Frustrated Trump takes aim at former FBI head
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to threaten the former head of the FBI on Twitter on Friday, warning the just-fired James Comey not to leak to the media.
The president tweeted: “Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
It’s unclear whether the president was alluding to actual secret recordings, or making a casual remark. The president’s opponents immediately found Nixonian parallels, making comparisons to the White House tapes that fuelled the Watergate scandal.
The administration only fed the intrigue. Later in the day, a
solemn-sounding spokesman repeatedly shrugged off questions about whether the White House does, in fact, secretly tape the president’s meetings.
“I’ve talked to the president. The president has nothing further to add on that,” Sean Spicer told the daily briefing.
Democrats asked to know more.
A lawmaker, Raja Krishnamoorthi, sent a letter to the White House attorney with two questions: r %P TFDSFU SFDPSEJOHT FYJTU r *G TP DPVME UIF 8IJUF )PVTF
please provide copies of the president’s conversations with Comey; conversations about the hiring or firing of Russia-friendly former general Michael Flynn and the meeting this week with Russia’s ambassador and foreign NJOJTUFS
The president’s threat came in a series of frustrated morning tweets that called the Russia investigations a witch-hunt, threatened to cancel White House press briefings, accused the media of conveying fake news and lamented that people were making a big deal out of the occasional erroneous statement from his staff.
The morning rant came after media pointed out contradictions in his story of the Comey firing.
A main one was the notion peddled by the White House that the firing was a response to a suggestion from the deputy attorney general — which Trump has said isn’t true. He’s said he wanted Comey gone and would have fired him regardless.
Another point of contention was whether the president received an assurance from Comey he was not being investigated. Trump says so. But now stories are appearing in multiple news reports, with details of a Comey-Trump dinner that contradict that assertion.
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to military mothers during their visit to the White House in Washington, Friday, for a Mother’s Day celebration in the East Room.