White House refuses to say if conversations are being taped


Pushed about how Trump believes he can possibly get away with firing FBI Director James Comey amid an active FBI investigation, Huckabee Sanders said, "I hope that the Senate completes [their investigation] so that they can come to the same conclusion that everyone else has, and that every person has said, whether it's been [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper or others, that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on Friday against talking to the media, suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account.

Meanwhile, NBC quoted a source close to Mr Comey as saying: "He hopes there are tapes".

In the interview, Mr Trump also connected the decision to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

"Well, I think anyone who is serving office in the government, and you're asked by the President for dinner, I think as professional courtesy, you're in a hard position to refuse to go", Clapper said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon would not expand on or answer questions whether recording devices exist in the White House or whether Trump recorded conversations with Comey.

"And Jim and I spoke briefly before the ceremony and he mentioned that he had been invited to the White House to have dinner with the President, and that he was uneasy with that because of even compromising the - even the optics, the appearance of independence, not only of him, but of the FBI", Clapper recalled.

The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

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The New York Times and Associated Press report that, days before he was sacked, Comey had asked Rosenstein for more resources to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Reports are circulating that one of the main reasons Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because the latter wouldn't give the president a pledge of loyalty.

Press aides have repeatedly insisted that Mr Trump made a decision to dismiss Mr Comey on the advice of Rod Rosenstein, the USA deputy attorney general. In February - angered by leaks coming out of his administration - Trump accused journalists at a fiery news conference of being dishonest in their reporting of him and blasting reports of Russian interference as "fake news".

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation", Trump writes in the letter detailing Comey's termination. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

The White House also changed its narrative about whether the president had chose to fire Comey based on the recommendations by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He also floated the idea of cancelling the daily press briefings from the White House in favor of written statements "for the sake of accuracy".

President Trump at the White House on April 27.

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