No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

Mr Comey also said that Mr Trump asked him for "loyalty" - which Mr Trump emphatically denies. "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.

"He had been honest and told the President on three separate occasions that the President wasn't under investigation and what we know now is there was no collusion and the only person who actually leaked was, in fact, Director Comey", he said. But his arrogant and reckless firing of Comey, along with his attempts to control the investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, could ultimately prove to be Trump's downfall. President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, recently confirmed that she ordered transcripts of surveilled conversations and names of participants - this is called "unmasking" in intelligence community lingo - and James Clapper, the Obama administration's director of national intelligence, recently acknowledged under oath the existence of the foreign and domestic surveillance of Trump in 2015 and 2016, as well as the unmasking.

"If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise?"

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.

You said you didn't tape [former FBI Director] James Comey.

The NBC/WSJ poll also finds 46 percent of Americans disapproving of Trump's decision to fire Comey - up from 38 percent in May. Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the September 11 attacks, and Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community.

Mr Comey testified that he had told the president in multiple conversations he was not personally under federal investigation and said the president implored him to make that public.

On 16 June, Mr Trump sent out a tweet appearing to accept he was under investigation, although later his aides suggested that was not the intention.

Earlier, Mr Trump hosted the press in the East Room of the White House for a signing ceremony to mark the signing of a new bill to reform the Department of Veteran Affairs, including allowing the department to dismiss employees. And you read all about it and I've been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness and disgusting situation with surveillance all over the place. They played pivotal roles in a 2004 White House confrontation and have spoken warmly of each other over the years, with Comey describing Mueller as "one of the finest people I've ever met".

Making matters just a little worse, the president also seems to believe he was fiendishly clever to publish a tweet that helped lead to the appointment of a special counsel, who's reportedly made Trump the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. The third front is Trump's crimes as president especially obstruction of justice.

His tweet came a day before he was required by Congress to hand over any such tapes. Comey. He is friends with James, he has hired attorneys that were party of Hillary Clinton's foundation, gave money to President Obama and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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