Sean Spicer Rebuts Report that Trump Asked Comey to Pledge His Loyalty

Any investigation that was taking place on Monday is still taking place today' White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday on NBC's TODAY show
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13 May, 2017

The press secretary hadn't been at the lectern for the past two days. "There's nothing further to add on that", he said. "It is also key to allowing there to be transparency at the highest levels of government, whether that's the president of the United States or the people who work for him".

His remarks follows a recent tweet from the president suggested there may be taped conversations involving himself and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Later that month, Trump tweeted about the matter.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the president. Comey declined, instead offering honesty. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", recounted the Comey associate.

Cliff Kupchan, chairman of the Eurasia Group, said the removal of Comey strengthens the claim that the Trump administration doesn't adhere to norms and institutions, and worldwide relations is much more about norms and voluntary institutions than about laws, he said.

"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is unsafe", Durbin told MSNBC, the cable news channel.

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation", Trump writes in the letter detailing Comey's termination.

Democrats quickly seized on the dispute, demanding the White House turn over any tapes that might exist of the president's conversations with Comey.

Connolly wasn't the only one to suggest Trump had broken the law. "I won't talk about that".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised doubt about Trump's assertion that Comey had assured him he was not under investigation.

The Virginia Democrat told MSNBC earlier Friday that Comey would not appear next week.

The president, Vice President Pence and administration spokespeople have offered a dizzying variety of reasons for Comey's ouster. And he said he feared the world would no longer take Trump at his word.

"In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", he said.

Donald Trump was reportedly unhappy with how his press team handled fallout from Tuesday's decision to fire Mr Comey, so he's taken things into his own hands. The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus.

Trump, in an NBC interview Thursday, said that he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.

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. "If he walks from institutions, or tries to fire the head, he'd be setting many new and worrisome precedents".

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Trump said Thursday he chose to fire Comey on his own, before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's memo that harshly criticized Comey's actions and suggested he should be removed.

Sen. Marco Rubio asked McCabe if Comey's firing had impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any investigation at the FBI.

But the motive of the firing is under question with speculation over whether Trump may have tried to interfere in an investigation into possibly his or his associate's ties with Russian Federation.

The White House Press Association released an official statement in response a few hours later, indicating any such move would be against the spirit of the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

Lawmakers have asked for a briefing about Comey's firing from Rosenstein.


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