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Donald Trump questions impartiality of Russian Federation investigation chief Mueller

26 June 2017, 06:22 | Marion Schneider

Former FBI director James Comey is "very, very good friends" with Mueller, Trump claims, "which is very bothersome". "And my story didn't change - my story was always a straight story, my story always was the truth".

You said you didn't tape James Comey.

The New York Times has reported that Mr Trump has considered firing Mr Mueller but has so far been talked out of it by aides.

Trump suggested that his threat of tapes may have intimidated Comey into being more honest in his recollection of events. In his early June testimony, Comey essentially said he'd welcome the existence of those tapes, indicating that they'd exonerate him and show that he's been telling the truth about his accounts of his interactions with the president.

Comey confirmed those conversations one day before his Senate hearing when he released his opening statement.

"In response to the Committee's inquiry, we refer you to President Trump's June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter", Marc.

"Quite the opposite", Spicer said in an interview on Fox News, when asked if intimidation was Trump's intention.

Even if they were the closest of friends, however, Mueller's investigation into Trump barely includes James Comey, whom like we said before, has no real motive to not be truthful in these matters.

Mr Trump's declaration now that there are no recordings appears to settle a key dynamic in that investigation - it is now the president's word against Mr Comey's notes.

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Mr Trump has also hinted he may fire special counsel Robert Mueller, the man investigating him and his campaign over alleged Russian election meddling.

"He wanted everyone to be honest about this, and he wanted to get to the bottom of it and I think he succeeded in doing that", Spicer said.

Mr Comey testified he was "sure" Mr Mueller was looking at whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice. Now Trump acknowledges his claim was a bluff.

The President has disputed Comey's version of a January dinner during which the president asked for a pledge of loyalty, according to Comey.

He later claimed that he did not tape his meetings with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation boss, although his adviser Kellyanne Conway told CNN that the President was leaving "open the possibility that they may exist". "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer", Trump added.

At an off-camera briefing for White House reporters, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to put the issue to bed.

Warner says: "It's remarkable the president was so flippant to make his original tweet and then frankly stonewall the media and the country for weeks". You know, it's going to be interesting.

Under a post-Watergate law, presidential recordings belong to the people and eventually can be made public. Destroying them would be a crime.

Mueller also was expected to meet sometime during the week with top members of the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee for a similar discussion.

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