Frus­trated Trump takes aim at for­mer FBI head

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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.

AP PHOTO

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.

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