White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted during a Fox News interview Friday morning that President Donald Trump’s initial tweet about having “tapes” of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey was intended to influence Comey’s testimony.
“By talking about something like tapes made Comey in particular think to himself ‘I better be honest, I better tell the truth,’” Spicer said in the Fox News interview.
This came after Trump himself admitted on an earlier Fox News interview Friday morning that he hung the threat of “tapes” over Comey’s head in order to impact Comey’s testimony.
Trump said in an interview on Fox and FriendsFriday that special counsel Robert Mueller has a “bothersome” relationship with James Comey
“Well he’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome,” Trump said of Mueller.
“We’re gonna have to see. We’re gonna have to see in terms — look, there has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey, but there has been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that.”
According to an Associated Press/NORC poll June 15, 61% of Americans believe that Trump attempted to “impede or obstruct” the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Read more (6/23/17)
Did Trump obstruct justice? Five officials briefed on the matter say Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is investigating President Donald Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Read more
Sessions denied meetings with Russians and accusations that he lied under oath
Sessions came out swinging, denying that he ever met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., and calling any insinuation that he colluded with Russians
Sessions then said he may have met with the Russian ambassador
Despite his earlier denial that he ever met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sessions later said that he “possibly had a meeting” but that he doesn’t “recall it.”
Sessions backs up Comey’s testimony – Sessions confirmed part of Comey’s testimony last week, saying Comey did come to him to express discomfort with being summoned to meet privately with Trump.
Sessions refuses to discuss conversations he had with Trump on firing Comey – Sessions claimed executive privilege, and would not tell members of the committee whether he discussed the reasons for firing Comey with Trump. Read more (6/13/17 4 PM)
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said there is “absolutely” enough evidence to begin a case against Trump for obstruction, though it remains unknown whether it will succeed.
“There is absolutely evidence to begin a case” against Trump for obstruction of justice in his firing of FBI Director James Comey, Bharara said on ABC News’ This Week. Read more (6/11/17)
A Huffington Post/YouGov poll conducted on June 8 and 9 revealed that 46% of Americans consider Comey to be more “honest and trustworthy” than Trump. On the other hand, only 26% believed Trump to be the more trustworthy one, the poll reported. Read more (6/11/17)
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer says the president never pushedformer FBI director James Comey to drop his investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russia.But that’s not what Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News on Saturday.
Speaking with family friend and Justice host Jeanine Pirro, Trump’s eldest son seemed to unintentionally confirm the version of events Comey gave during his senate intelligence committee testimony on Thursday.
Comey testified that Trump previously told Comey he “hoped” the former FBI director would drop his Flynn investigation during an impromptu private meeting the two had in the Oval Office, a claim Trump Jr. argued isn’t the same as a direct order from his dad. Read more.(6/11/2017 3:01 PM)
Trump on Friday said he’s “100%” willing to testify under oath about what was said in his meetings with former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump made the assertion during a joint press conference with the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, in the White House Rose Garden.
He also said he never told Comey that he “hoped” Comey could let the investigation into Michael Flynn go.
“I didn’t say that,” Trump said, which amounts to accusing Comey of perjury — or willfully lying after taking an oath to tell the truth.
Trump went on to add that, “there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it,” referring to an ask to let the Flynn investigation go.
Reporters also asked Trump about whether he taped his conversations with Comey, as he suggested in a tweet last month.
But Trump refused to answer. “I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time,” Trump said, referring to the tapes. Trump added that, “You’re going to be very disappointed” with his answer — not saying either way whether the tapes existed or not. Read more (6/9/17)
Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation set a deadline for Trump to produce any taped communications between Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, saying if the tapes exist, Trump must submit them to the committee by June 23.
The deadline comes as Trump and top aides have continually declined to comment on whether tapes of those conversations — which Trump suggested he had — are real. Read more (6/9/17)