Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump warns ousted FBI chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

Trump warns ousted FBI chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

When asked about the tweet itself, Spicer said, "I've talked to the president". Trump said Comey asked that Trump keep him on as FBI director, and told the president on three occasions that he was not under investigation as part of the FBI's inquiry into Russian election interference. "You can't fire the guy investigating you and that's a lot like what we saw from the Nixon administration". They said his firing has "the appearance - if not the reality - of interfering" with the FBI's ongoing probe into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russians to sway election results.

A look at key moments in Comey's tenure, the lead-up to Trump's decision to fire him and developments since then.

The CNN host tried to get Swalwell on record as to whether there exist grounds for impeachment.

"I think the process is going to go quickly".

Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation".

The president tweeted early Friday, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Obstruction is "a very mental-state-based crime", said Duke University law professor Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor.

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"We had a very nice dinner and at that time he told me you are not under investigation", said Trump. She responded by blaming what she called the media's "false narrative" and insisting that Pence was not kept in the dark as Trump made his decision to relieve Comey of his duties.

His veiled threat was likely to add to the storm roiling Washington over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

WikiLeaks - the organization that infamously released emails associated with the Clinton campaign previous year - has offered a $100,000 reward for tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey. Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was back behind the podium Friday after Sarah Huckabee Sanders subbed for him for two days, has been the subject of memorable lampoons by comic Melissa McCarthy on "Saturday Night Live". "Unsafe because he may be obstructing justice, in terms of the investigation that really goes to the heart of our democracy -the accountability of the President, and the people around him, to the rule of law - protecting our democracy from an invasion - a cyber-invasion by the Russians", he said. "No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump said.

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected firing of Comey.

White House briefings and news conferences provide both "substantive and symbolic opportunities" for journalists to question government officials, said Jeff Mason, White House correspondent for Reuters and president of the White House Correspondents Association. Comey says he refused but promised to be honest.

Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

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