Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trump: 'I did not make, and do not have' Comey tapes


Trump previously declined to confirm or deny the existence of tapes, even as Comey shared details of his interactions with the president with associates and testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I'll tell you about it over a short period of time. I'm not hinting at anything," said Trump at a joint press conference with the president of Romania on June 9, a day after Comey met with the panel. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer," Trump added. The same day, a bipartisan group of leaders from the House Intelligence Committee submitted a request to White House Counsel Don McGahn to inform the committee -- which is conducting its own investigation of Russian election interference -- whether recordings existed by June 23. The potential existence of recordings of Trump and Comey's conversations took on increasing importance as the pair offered contradicting claims about the nature of their discussions. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described Trump allegedly asking for the director's loyalty during a private dinner on Jan. 27. "The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed," said Comey in a written statement submitted to the committee. Two days later, Trump denied such an exchange

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So as it gets piled higher and deeper how is it the WH press corps keeps its shoes clean?

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