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Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

18 June 2017, 12:13 | Guillermo Sutton

Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Members of Congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the election have shown interest in whether Trump did tape his White House conversations with Comey or anyone else.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions about the issue but responded, the "president made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly".

Conway also said Comey's testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation.

That tweet led the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to leak portions of the memos he had kept to document his conversations with Trump - in the hopes of prompting the appointment of a special counsel.

The Journal's request sought recordings or transcripts of any recordings made after January 20 at the White House.

Then again, throughout his business career, Trump has had a long history of secretly recording his phone calls with people, as the Washington Post's Marc Fisher wrote last month.

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And Comey himself said he hoped recordings of their conversations exist, to back up his own testimony that Trump demanded his loyalty and asked him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"Comey better hope there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press".

But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Wall Street Journal, the agency said it did not have any such records for the Trump administration. He's "just having a little fun", this person said of Trump's tape antics. The Post said both men refused the President's request.

Another Republican close to the White House said Trump's tape comments appeared similar to the hard-nosed tactics he took when his company was facing litigation.

So Trump's tape threat could be a bluff created to get potential witnesses like Comey to question their own recollection of events, fearing that an indisputable tape would come forward and prove them wrong.

There's another odd aspect to all of the back-and-forth about Trump's multiple conversations with Comey: The president apparently never inquired about the substance of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. 'Oh, you're going to be disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry'.



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