Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

No tapes: Trump says he didn't record meetings with Comey

TRUMP: Well, I didn't tape him.

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".

While the president said he believed Mr Mueller was an "honourable man", he also pointed out that he was friends with Mr Comey, the man controversially fired by the president last month.

It's unclear whether Trump and his surrogates still think Comey lied about the loyalty pledge and Trump's desire to quash the Flynn investigation.

Trump has privately told aides that the threat of the existence of tapes forced Comey to tell the truth in his recent testimony, a source familiar with the situation said.

Rosenstein has jurisdiction over Mueller's investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first Republican senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 campaign, has recused himself from matters related to the campaign and Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump has talked privately about the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, something the president would have to do by ordering his Justice Department to remove him.

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President Donald Trump would have to decide whether to use the measure, which was in its planning stages when Obama left the White House in January, the newspaper reported.

This is not the first time that Trump has suggested he has been surveilled without providing evidence.

Trump responded at that time, via Twitter, that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!".

More recently, a Trump confidante told an interviewer that Trump was considering firing Mueller as well. "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters", was how Trump put it during the 2016 campaign. In denying yesterday that he had created "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, for example, Trump also suggested that he may have been surveilled.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey declared at a congressional hearing. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous if you want to know the truth from that standpoint. Trump wrote on May 12. But Trump's offer to testify under oath was risky, as it could result in the president perjuring himself. "I would like to keep her right where she is because our record is extraordinary against her, but we will see what happens". 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".

The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.

CNN reported on Thursday that two top USA intelligence officials told investigators Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, but that they did not feel he had ordered them to do so. Those days came and went without an answer.

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