Trump Suggests His 'Tapes' Tweet Was Meant to Keep Comey Honest

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On an unrelated note, when asked about reports of a switch-up in the White House communications department that could see him stepping away from the briefing podium and into a more administrative role, Spicer said, "I wouldn't read everything that you see in some of the Washington-based publications".

"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", Trump told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, after Earhardt asked Trump whether his tapes tweet was to ensure Comey "stayed honest in those hearings".

Last week, it was revealed that Mueller - who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013 before Comey was tapped - had requested interviews with top intelligence officials about their conversations with Trump in an effort to investigate possible obstruction of justice.

Former FBI director James Comey is "very, very good friends" with Mueller, Trump claims, "which is very bothersome".

In this game, the President implied that he possessed valuable evidence to support his own position and discredit and intimidate James Comey, the man who knew more than anyone about the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

One week after the memo was disclosed, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump political campaign.

Before the tapes, there was Trump's unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama "wiretapped" him in Trump Tower during the campaign - setting off a flurry of official inquiries from Congress.

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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.

We live in perilous times - times that demand fidelity to first principles. In Washington, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller now occupies the Alice role. He concluded with a tweet calling the investigation into Russian interference in the election and his campaign's possible involvement a "witch hunt", asking, "when does it end?"

"So you'll have to do a little investigative reporting to determine that. You know, health care is a very hard situation". 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". He also testified, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes!".

But that shift in rhetoric creates new problems for the Trump administration. "I can say that the people who have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters". The third front is Trump's crimes as president especially obstruction of justice.

Comey told a congressional panel that it was Trump's tweet suggesting the president made recordings of their conversations that spurred him to orchestrate leaks about his memos that documented the encounters. He said the tweeting is an example of Trump's "willingness to just kind of make things up".

"It's basically trying to tell Comey, 'Don't say anything,"' said O'Sullivan, now a law professor at Georgetown University.