Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week the investigation is "highly significant" and said Comey's dismissal would do nothing to impede the probe. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another congressional committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster defended Trump, saying later Tuesday that the president hadn't known the source of the information and insisting the conversation had been "wholly appropriate".
"Let's get to the bottom of what happened with the director". But I think it's time to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation director before the country at large and explain what happened at that dinner, and if there are any tapes they have to be turned over.
"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", Graham said, adding, "I have no evidence the president colluded with the Russians at all, but we don't know all the evidence yet". You can't be cute about tapes.
Stephanopoulos: Do you think there are tapes? "He should turn them over to Congress and to the investigators".
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Stephanopoulos: Do you to think the President, he also had the statement of him having Russian Federation in mind when thought of firing Comey. "My concern now is whether he (Trump) is trying to minimize the investigation".
Meanwhile, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday found that 29 percent of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, while 38 percent disapprove. That's a little bit laughable.
A cloud of doubt now threatens to compromise the integrity of the investigation into Russia's interference in the election.
When asked if he meant if those institutions were "under assault" internally by the president himself, Clapper said "exactly" and added that he believed Trump was undermining the checks and balances inherent to the USA political system. So, what was on the President's mind? "We'll have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move".
"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", the White House said. They're going to start to cry. Comey earlier declined an invitation this week to testify in a closed hearing. Some reports that he wants to appear in public session.
Stephanopoulos: You say he was treated pretty awfully. Comey had to go. That's fine. People took issue with decisions I made. "I was thinking about it then".
"What's unfolded now, here, the leader of the - the lead of the investigation about potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has been removed". To fire him mid-investigation, boy oh boy that raises a whole lot of questions. Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The fact that he had this memo that frankly was laughable.
Comey, like Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, led an investigation that could shake the administration to its core. As it turned out, Nixon's act was part of a plan to get rid of a truly independent prosecutor and derail the investigation, bringing it back to what Nixon believed were the friendlier confines of the Justice Department.
Republican political and foreign policy operatives, astonished by President Donald Trump's decision to share an ally's classified intelligence with Russian Federation, warned on Tuesday that this disclosure would drive fresh cracks in party unity behind its president.
Like many administrations, the relationship between Trump and the press has been tense. To my mind it raises more questions than it answers.
The agents are reportedly looking at the movements and activities of several Trump associates and campaign aides, including Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, his first National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, his longtime friend Roger Stone, and a low-level foreign policy advisor, Carter Page. Short of recommending impeachment, Democrats would have thought that the man who cost Hillary the election was letting Trump off the hook. "We ought to ask if there are notes".
"The developments of the past week are very bothersome, very disturbing to me", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. But boy, oh boy, there's an terrible lot of smoke. "We just don't have them".