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Donald Trump did not threaten FBI Director James Comey: White House

16 Mai 2017

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" the president tweeted.

His tweet comes after a week of multiple contradictions by his top aides and advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, who tried to explain how and why the President chose to sack Comey. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

And Comey's reputation most obviously, and most damagingly, was borne out last summer with his unusual public announcement that the FBI was not recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in an email server investigation.

Even if the alleged reports will be proved by concurring enough evidence that will lead to Trump's impeachment, then Vice President Mike Pence will become the president, who will then be followed by Paul Ryan, Orrin Hatch and the list goes on for 14 other candidates.

President Trump during a new interview refused to discuss his tweeted warning to former FBI Director James Comey. "I think what needs to happen here is to clear this cloud, a cloud that's hanging over the administration, over the President, over the White House". He said he did it because she had recently generated adverse headlines by having a meeting with ex-President Bill Clinton on an airport runway.

White House officials were furious, saying their Russian counterparts had tricked them.

"Sean is actually on Navy Reserve duty, so you guys are stuck with me - today and tomorrow", Huckabee Sanders said as she opened Thursday's less formal, off-camera briefing, which is known as a "gaggle".

"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election". This man is the President of the United States.

"The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution", Mr Rosenstein's letter says. "It's one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspective".

Comey, they said, declined to make such a pledge but told Trump he would always give him "honesty".

The latest development in the saga surrounding the firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey created a new wrinkle on Friday afternoon.

"All I want is for Comey to be honest and I hope he will be and I'm sure he will be - I hope", he said.

Under a post-Watergate law, the Presidential Records Act, recordings made by presidents belong to the people and can eventually be made public. CBS Evening News, citing a source who has spoken with Comey, said on Twitter that Comey hopes there are "lots of tapes".

Comey's reputation for independence predated his tenure as director and famously manifested itself in a 2004 hospital room clash with fellow Bush administration officials over a domestic surveillance program. He's been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 20 years, and is one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who interviewed this week for the role of interim director.

Donald Trump did not threaten FBI Director James Comey: White House