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Dershowitz: Trump Right to Challenge Mueller-Comey Friendship

26 June 2017

President Donald Trump and his associates are trying to draw attention to the relationship between special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump also claimed he had always told a "straight story" about whether he recorded his private conversations with Comey.

Trump, of course, had been bluffing when he hinted that he had tapes of the Comey/Trump convos, and the impact of that dishonesty would have had no impact on the detailed journals Comey kept of the conversations.

The president is now facing an investigation into whether he obstructed justice with his firing of Comey.

The New York Times has reported that Mr Trump has considered firing Mr Mueller but has so far been talked out of it by aides.

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"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!' Trump tweeted.

Warner says Trump's tweet has no effect on the committee's investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has seized on that statement as vindication although the investigation is ongoing, as are congressional inquiries.

President Trump said in an interview on "Fox & Friends" that the hirings are "bothersome".

The admission threw a new twist into allegations, fed by Mr Comey's own claims, that Mr Trump wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pull back on its probe into the Russian Federation scandal.

Trump did say, however, that Mueller is an "honorable man".

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"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meetings, so I thought it important to document", Comey said. "With Trump saying maybe somebody else did taping, it makes me wonder are there tapes, did tapes exist at one point that have now been destroyed, are there tapes out there that he's aware of but that he didn't do himself".

Trump's disclosure that there are, in fact, no tapes weakens his credibility in the eyes of investigators probing ties between his associates and Russian Federation and also may expose him to fresh legal jeopardy.

Trump had denied asking Comey for a loyalty pledge or to go easy on Flynn.

The interview, conducted Thursday at the White House and aired Friday morning, comes as Trump considers reducing the number of media briefings to once per week and requiring reporters to submit written questions in advance. "I don't know how this serves the country's interests". Destroying them would be a crime.

Top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff raises speculations over Trump's false allegations and information over the tapes. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally there might be corroboration, a tape".

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