Donald Trump won't deny White House bugged with hidden cameras

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 14, 2017

President Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter torrent Friday morning following days of punishing headlines over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, principal deputy press secretary at the White House, has been holding daily press briefings this week while Sean Spicer is fulfilling his Navy Reserve duties at the Pentagon - the timing of which was scheduled before Comey's firing.

The president said he never pressured Comey into dropping the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, and added that there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians". As a result, Krishnamoorthi requests that McGahn "confirm the existence of "tapes" and/or a taping system in the White House", along with details as to how long it has been in place, the individual who ordered its installation, and the status of the recordings that it captures.

Krishnamoorthi concludes that if the tapes in fact exist, the White House should send the House Oversight Committee recordings of Trump's communications with Comey, as well as those with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (specifically those that were closed to the American press). Mr. Trump tweeted Friday morning. "He's simply stating a fact".

In a statement, Krishnamoorthi explained that "these White House tapes could accelerate current investigations as previous tapes have aided past inquiries". Close associates of Mr. Comey have said that he didn't provide such assurances.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" he tweeted early Friday morning. Trump tweeted. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Six top USA intelligence officials told Congress Thursday they agree with the conclusion that Russian Federation acted to influence last year's election, countering President Donald Trump's assertions that the hacking remains an open question.

The assessment comes amid a mushrooming crisis for the Trump team as questions swirl over why the president fired his FBI director, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian election meddling and possible connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia a year ago.

Trump's name has been figuratively connected at the hip to former President Richard Nixon's after he fired the acting FBI director who was investigation his associates.

On Twitter, Trump appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of contacts between them, the administration might produce tapes of conversations, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.

Spicer also denied reports that Trump solicited a loyalty pledge from Comey during their dinner earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised it by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the U.S. president and Russia's top diplomat.

Spicer said the Justice Department would soon begin to interview replacements for Comey. "I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation", Trump wrote. He added: "I think the president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law".

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