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House Dems Want Comey Tapes

15 May 2017

Unfortunately for the press and the public it intends to serve, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer provided no clarity. In this case, Mr Trump has the media scrambling to decide which story merits the most coverage. "He's simply stating a fact".

Mr Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether it was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Close associates of Mr. Comey have said that he didn't provide such assurances.

Mr. Spicer on Friday also was asked to account for his accuracy at the podium, after Mr. Trump in separate tweets on Friday morning said it wasn't always possible to ensure statements made during daily briefings were correct. If this happens, Spicer would join the long list of White House officials he fired since assuming office in January.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" "There's no time to do it", Trump said. First of all, we [have] got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear.

Mr Trump's comments provoked fresh comparisons between his administration and that of disgraced President Richard Nixon, who famously recorded conversations, speeding his downfall during the Watergate scandal.

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Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions and Rosenstein were involved in the interviews because the Federal Bureau of Investigation director reports to them as attorney general and deputy attorney general.

If anyone attempts to interfere with or block the investigation, Schumer said, "you need somebody who is going to stand up".

The anti-secrecy website on Friday said it's willing to pay $100,000 for the "tapes" referenced by the president this week in the wake of Mr. Comey's unexpected dismissal Tuesday as the federal government's top investigator.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

And of course, Clinton is still steaming about Comey's letter, written 11 days before the election, reopening the email investigation. "Did he order Comey to end the investigation?"

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The bleak assessment came days after Trump claimed on Twitter that Comey had determined "there is no collusion" with reference to his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a characterization that Comey has refuted.

"Well, that I can't talk about", Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

And Comey never told Trump he was not subject to the Russian Federation investigation. "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally".

Committee ranking member Mark Warner (D-Va.) told MSNBC on Friday afternoon that Comey would not be appearing, but he hoped to have him soon. As a result, Krishnamoorthi requests that McGahn "confirm the existence of "tapes" and/or a taping system in the White House", along with details as to how long it has been in place, the individual who ordered its installation, and the status of the recordings that it captures.

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-Byron Tau contributed to this article.