Sean Spicer: Trump's 'Tapes' Tweet Made Comey 'Tell The Truth'

Sean Spicer: Trump's 'Tapes' Tweet Made Comey 'Tell The Truth'

"Bob has never been to Jim's house", said David Kelley, who succeeded Comey as US attorney in Manhattan and has known him and Mueller for years.

"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".

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump when it comes to their differing accounts of events that led up to Comey's firing, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Spicer noted that Comey "had been honest and told the president on three separate occasions that he wasn't under investigation".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers met separately last week with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to CNN.

By speaking of "tapes", the President cavalierly evoked the Watergate scandal and the worst political crisis in the history of the presidency in order to hint that he, like Nixon, was capable of secretly recording his visitors.

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.

This is far from the only time Trump has undermined his own people. Portions of that conversation were leaked to The Washington Post, and that generated interest in the relationship, if any, of the Trump campaign and transition team to the Russian government.

The pattern has continued since Trump's election.

The problem for Trump, when it came to Comey, was that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director couldn't be bluffed.

Over the course of several months, and prior to his Senate hearing, Comey privately told Trump he wasn't being investigated in the ongoing Russian Federation probe - something Comey was reluctant to say publicly.

Though the tweets were vague, they carried the implication that Trump had tapes and planned to release them.

In the piece, Wittes recalled that Comey had told him at a lunch meeting that he sought to distance himself from Trump.

Two interviews on Friday indicate that the White House's line has now shifted.

"I don't know whether it was an unforced error or a tactic, but it could have been both: a tactic that turned out to be an unforced error", Dershowitz said. "And then the fact that they said they don't have tapes, to me, as a lawyer, raises a huge red flag", Robenalt said.

The Trump Administration has moved to accommodate the President's dubious rhetoric in other ways.

Comey, of course, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a highly viewed hearing on June 8, addressing - among other things - Trump's May tweet about the alleged recordings.

President Donald Trump on Friday used an interview to defend his actions in relation to the Russian Federation investigation as he signed a veterans bill into law. Those days came and went without an answer. Comey said he understood that to be a request to drop the probe.

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