Friendship Between Leader of Russia Probe, Fired FBI Director 'Very Bothersome'

President Trump also insisted again there was'no obstruction no collusion by anyone on his team with Russian officials

"Well, I didn't tape him, uh, you never know what's happening when you see the Obama administration perhaps longer than that was doing all of this unmasking and surveillance".

In an interview that aired on Friday on Fox & Friends, Mr Trump said: 'When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed'.

Comey was leading the investigation into allegations Russian Federation tried to sway the election toward Trump and the possibility Trump associates colluded with Moscow when the president fired him on May 9, sparking a political firestorm. When Scott Pelley of CBS News asked him in 2014 if his loyalty belonged to the President, Comey said no. He was asked to address Thursday's revelation that he had, in fact, been full of shit (evergreen statement) when he intimated he had recorded conversations with former FBI director James Comey before firing him because of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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. For five-and-a-half weeks, the president and senior White House officials refused to tell the public whether such tapes exist.

But armed with the documents procured by the White House, Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump's transition team, set out to defend Trump's tweets.

May 16 appears to be his first time Wittes previewed Comey stories. In Washington, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller now occupies the Alice role.

The pattern has continued since Trump's election.




The piece cited a memo that Comey filed just after a February 14 meeting he had with Trump at the White House. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said of the possibility of being recorded. "You know, health care is a very hard situation".

Trump told Fox News Channel. "I don't have the foggiest idea", Democratic Senator Mark Warner said on ABC News the following Sunday morning.

Trump's tweets on Thursday raised questions about why the president would have staked his reputation and political capital on promoting something that wasn't real.

This went on throughout the presidential campaign and into the transition period after Trump had been elected.

But the tweet alone set off a series of events resulting in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's announcing his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, and the House Intelligence Committee's issuing a bipartisan request demanding the White House hand over any recordings that could be pertinent to its own investigation. 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.

At a Senate committee hearing this month, Comey suggested that the president's reference to possible recordings inspired him to disclose to the media through an intermediary a memo he had written of their Oval Office conversation.

His tweet came a day before he was required by Congress to hand over any such tapes. Comey said he understood that to be a request to drop the probe.

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