On, Thursday Donald Trump said that he asked his fired FBI director on three occasions whether he was the target of ongoing investigations in stoking allegations of presidential interference. He also acknowledged that the Russia was on his mind when he made the decision to fire James Comey, who was the leader in a probe that suspected Russian influence in the 2016 election. The US President said that he had asked James Comey, if he was the subject of counter intelligence probes. He asked him twice during conversations over the phone and once over a White House at dinner.
He said, “Actually I asked him. If it’s possible then would you let me know that whether I am under investigation?.” On Tuesday repeating an assertion made when the White House announced Comey’s firing Trump recounted,”You are not under investigation.”
He said, “All that I know and can tell you is that I am not under investigation. Personally me, I am not talking about campaigns and also not talking about anything else but i am not under investigation.”Trump normally at pains to avoid any suggestion of interference or commenting on the ongoing investigations. The FBI typically doesn’t confirm about their existence in investigation.
Trump commented to NBC and raised questions about whether he had acted inappropriately or whether Comey had broken government guidelines. The legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer to Trump’s question, then definitely it would violate Department of Justice rules and would be unethical and unprofessional in this situation.
Trump said at the dinner in white house that he and Comey discussed whether the US cop would stay in his role and continue his term of ten year. Tribe Said,” Asking such type of question would come close to bribery and the obstruction of justice, which Comey would have had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said,”The White House rejected the suggestion and said that the exchange was inappropriate he added, I do not see it as a conflict of interest.”
During an interview, Donald Trump insisted that he always intended to fire Comey by undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of upper level justice officials who criticized FBI chief handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. “I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations,He is a showboat and is a grandstanded.” said the US president Donald Trump. Trump’s interview was released on the same day when the head of FBI told the US Congress that Comey’s sacking would not derail the Russian investigation. In a hearing that capped two days of high drama provoked by the dismissal, the acting director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee , “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date, You can’t stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, All the agents involved in the investigation are still in their positions.”
He said,”There is yet no collusion between me, my campaign and the Russians,” He repeated denial links between his campaign and Moscow. Comey also enjoyed broad support within the FBI, he told the committee. “He was leading a counterintelligence investigation into the links between the Trump campaign team and the Russian government or its representatives. It is hard to avoid the conclusion for many people including myself, that the president’s decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation.
McCabe gave no information on the status of the FBI probe, that the agency became aware of alleged Russian hacking of Democratic party computers and communications.