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Donald Trump says he won't fire 'bothersome' Robert Mueller

Sandy Vega | 26 June, 2017, 01:57

Asked whether Mr Mueller should recuse himself from the inquiry because of his friendship with Mr Comey, Mr Trump said: "Well he's very, very good friends with Comey which is very bothersome".

In light of his suspicion, Trump said in Friday's interview, he suggested he may have taped Comey in an effort to keep him honest.

Mr Trump's tweet came after weeks of challenges to the White House to prove the assertion that he might have recordings of the conversations.

Trapped in a controversy of his own creation after tormenting Comey, the Congress, the press and the American public with the implication that he might have bugged the White House, Donald Trump fell back on one of his regular tricks, offering a unclear clarification and acting more like a bad magician than President of the United States. Mr Trump indicated that his comment about tapes may have forced Mr Comey to change his story for fear that he would be contradicted by recordings - though the threat of tapes existing would not have impacted memos written by the former intelligence contemporaneously while he was at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the hearing, Comey told the committee "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", giving the President the go-ahead to release the tapes. Lawyers with experience in similar cases say his behavior may be important to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which is now exploring the possibility Trump sought to obstruct justice. More than a half-dozen aides said they were unaware of any recording devices.

The Trump Administration has moved to accommodate the President's dubious rhetoric in other ways.

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Comey testified in front of the Senate earlier this month that he had written memos detailing his private interactions with Trump because he "was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting". They played pivotal roles in a 2004 White House confrontation and have spoken warmly of each other over the years, with Comey describing Mueller as "one of the finest people I've ever met".

This is not the first time that Trump, the former star of reality TV and tabloids, has manufactured a melodrama that begins with bluster but often ends with a whimper.

But armed with the documents procured by the White House, Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump's transition team, set out to defend Trump's tweets. "I don't know how this serves the country's interests". He offered to help rebuild the World Trade Center in 2004 but never followed through. He never produced any evidence.

Flynn's firing ratcheted up the investigation of him, as well as the investigation of whether anyone from the Trump campaign had assisted Russian intelligence agents in hacking into computers in America in order to affect the outcome of the election. In March, he tweeted the incendiary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, a charge he's never supported. He is friends with James Comey. Independents went for Comey over Trump, 47 to 17 percent.

Forty-five percent of respondents say they are more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the U.S. Senate, versus 22 percent who are more likely to believe what Trump has said.

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