Monday, 23 October, 2017

Donald Trump Offers Nearly Incomprehensible Explanation For James Comey Tapes Claims

Owen Mccarthy | 26 June, 2017, 01:59

TRUMP: Well, I didn't tape him. "Lordy I hope there are tapes", Comey said when he testified before a Senate committee, because he believed that accurate recordings of his conversations with Trump would support his contention that the President had pressured him on the Russian Federation matters.

Lawmakers investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election had asked the White House for any such recordings of Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

When Donald Trump began running for the Republican nomination for president in June 2015 and made novel arguments indicating that his view was that Europe should essentially pay for its own military defense, this triggered concern in European capitals, and it resulted in the commencement of now well-documented British surveillance of Trump and his principal adviser on national security matters, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Trump allegedly asked Comey for his loyalty and for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop investigating former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, as part of an ongoing probe into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, according to Comey's testimony to Congress early this month.

In a sign of where the special counsel's investigation may be headed, Mueller, a former FBI director known for his thoroughness, recently hired a specialist in financial misconduct. There were no such tapes, and the president knew it all along.

Representatives for Conaway and Schiff did not respond on Friday afternoon to queries about whether the White House had met the deadline to provide the materials.

This is not the first time that Trump has suggested he has been surveilled without providing evidence.

Mr Comey, asked if there were recordings of their conversations, earlier this month said: "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

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The Obama administration's "assumption that Clinton would win contributed to the lack of urgency", the Post reported. At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the USA election were increasingly apparent.

Rumors also swirled around Washington that Trump was considering firing Mueller. The second front is the Trump Campaigns and their collusion and coordination with Putin/Russian Govt in fixing the 2016 election.

With that single tweet, Trump immediately deepened his own legal and political quagmire, evoking comparisons to former President Richard Nixon and prompting congressional committees investigating his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation to demand the disclosure of any such recordings.

"While I would certainly hope that the President's most recent statement is true, we will continue to pursue the matter with other witnesses so that the public can be assured that if recordings were ever made, they will be preserved and be made available to the committee and ultimately to the public, as well", he said in a statement. His instinct is: "'I'll outbluff you'". The foreign surveillance was eventually passed on to American spies, who acceded to demands from the West Wing of the Obama White House and handed over transcripts of conversations and names of participants.

"He did admit that what I said was right", Trump told Earhardt.

President Donald Trump often rambles.

Nunes later told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he felt obligated to brief the President on the unmasking issue because he was "taking a lot of heat in the news media" for his wiretapping tweets. He said the tweeting is an example of Trump's "willingness to just kind of make things up". Those days came and went without an answer.

Comey credited the tweet with his decision to leak his detailed memos of his interactions with the president to a friend, who then gave the information to the New York Times for publication.

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