Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Donald Trump threatens James Comey with 'tapes' of conversations on Russian Federation investigation

Donald Trump threatens James Comey with 'tapes' of conversations on Russian Federation investigation

In his termination letter to Comey, Trump thanked him for informing the president "three times" that Trump personally is not under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president tweeted, which is certainly not something to take lightly.

The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander", added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told the president, "You will have that", said the associates, who told the newspaper they agreed to keep the story confidential while Comey was Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump, in an interview Thursday with NBC, said he had been intending to fire Comey for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation. After meeting with Trump, Rosenstein wrote a memorandum detailing what he considered to be mistakes in Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state. The ousted director has told associates he was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with Trump just seven days after the January 20 inauguration, according to the paper.

Trump has become characteristically active on Twitter in the last few days as questions mount about the incident.

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Comey again promised his "honesty", but did not pledge loyalty, the Times reported. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Durbin suggested that the president's move to fire Comey amid its Trump-Russia investigation was "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice".

"I've talked to the president". Comey had been overseeing a criminal investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential campaign and potential ties to the Trump campaign. That investigation has since gained momentum as investigators have developed new evidence and leads. In Trump's telling, Comey reassured him that he was not. After arguing that the president's tweet was not a threat, Spicer said, "The tweet speaks for itself". On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control".

Sanders attributed the disconnect in the week's explanations to the fact that she had not directly asked Trump when he'd made the decision to fire Comey until shortly before Thursday's press briefing.

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