President Donald Trump threw gasoline on the already raging fire surrounding his dismissal of James Comey, as he tweeted Friday that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation head should hope there are no "tapes" of conversations the pair had.
He explained that Comey's firing doesn't directly impact the FBI's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"What it really means is, 'Can I count on you not to make me a target of this investigation, '" Mr Tribe said. "That's clearly an impermissible question".
"There's no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", Trump said in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt. "And as a outcome, I was not aware of the counterintelligence investigation Director Comey first referred to during his testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on the 20th of March, and that comports with my public statements". If Trump would have let Comey go soon after his inauguration, McQuade says, it would have been a different situation. "For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation". "I believe we have the adequate resources to do it and I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately", he told the lawmakers. The White House said that Spicer is fulfilling his Navy Reserve duties this week and that his job is not in jeopardy.
President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that he colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, in his strongest denouncement yet of the topic that has hounded his presidency. Four of the individuals are said to be interviewing with the President this weekend.
Mr. Trump's claim that he was going to fire Comey "regardless" of any Justice Department recommendation contradicts previous statements from Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Vice President Mike Pence, who said the president made the decision Tuesday, only after receiving the DOJ recommendation and justification.
When asked to describe how he'd characterize the investigation, McCabe said, "We consider it to be a highly significant investigation". CNN reported that the encounter raised questions about whether the Department of Justice's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server was compromised.
Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.