Blowback from Comey sacking hits Trump as White House tries to reset

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

A dozen White House officials and others close to Trump detailed the president's decision-making and his mood on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations and deliberations.

"In fact, when I chose 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, '" Trump told Holt. They can make recommendations, but the president will ultimately make the hiring decision.

Representatives of the White House and the Trump Organization, Mr. Trump's company, didn't respond to requests seeking comment Friday.

"People had issues I'm sure with Director Comey, some of his decisions, that's fine. but I think as far as his stature as a leader and his integrity, people are very upset about the way he was treated", Clapper said.

The former employees told the Journal they were fearful to speak with their names attached.

Trump added, "But I mean, I'm OK with it". McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week.

Trump has participated in briefings and absorbed reading materials prepped by his national security team, and he's gone to the White House situation room for sensitive discussions on matters such as North Korea and Afghanistan.

On Friday, Trump tweeted what many viewed as a threat to Comey, claiming he would release "tapes" if the ousted director started flapping his gums to the media.

The Post's story, written by four reporters, said it had gathered "the private accounts of more than 30 officials at the White House, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants and other senior Republicans, [to] paint a conflicting narrative centred on the president's brewing personal animus toward Comey".

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, referring to the law that permits taping conversations without the knowledge of one of the participants. "I won't talk about that". Sooner or later, recordings are likely to become public.

Warner said he would "absolutely" want the Senate to subpoena the White House to produce any recordings made by the Trump administration that are relevant to the Comey firing or the Russian Federation matter.

"These White House tapes could accelerate current investigations as previous tapes have aided past inquiries", Mr. Krishnamoorthi wrote.

One contender who could prove politically palatable is Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney in Manhattan with significant experience in terrorism and public corruption investigations.

CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter. Hours before the Time group's arrival, Trump had summoned Atty.

"He recorded virtually everything in the office", one former high-level Trump Organization employee said.

'I do know that it came as a great shock to, it was very disturbing to FBI employees, I spoke to one last night at a dinner that was quite upset about it and I think that reflects the feeling, the widespread feeling in the FBI, ' Clapper said.

Another former employee said that the recordings he was aware of were infrequent.

There's one reason Trump might like the sound of FBI Director Cornyn: He's a Trump-Russia conspiracy skeptic.

The head of the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Mark Walker, said that if the report is true, then it's concerning to him.

Trump anxious about recorded conversations - and recording his own conversations - well before he got into politics, according to former Trump Organization executives.

That was just over a week ago, and though the path ahead in the Senate for the bill looked hard, administration officials and supporters could truthfully say, after several false starts, that they were moving forward on their legislative agenda.

While Democrats have called for an independent special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation matter, most Republicans have said that is not necessary given the FBI probe and investigations in both the House and Senate.

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