Trump Suggests His ‘Tapes’ Tweet Was To Keep Comey Honest

President Trump called it “bothersome” that the special counsel now overseeing the Russian Federation probe was “good friends” with fired FBI Director James B. Comey, and said he hinted at having tapes of his private conversations – apparently falsely – to try to influence Comey’s eventual testimony.Adam Entous, national security reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about breaking news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice in the firing of James Comey.”He’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome”, Trump told Fox News. “And we’ll see if we can take care of that”.Look there has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion. “I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters”.President Donald Trump revealed that he kept ousted FBI Director James Comey guessing about the existence of recordings of their interactions so that Comey would “tell what actually took place” when he testified on Capitol Hill.When asked directly whether Mr Mueller’s friendship with the fired FBI director meant he should recuse himself from the investigation, the President said: “Well, he’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome”. Trump this morning posited that his tweet in May suggesting Comey better “hope” there are no tapes led Comey to change his story about his conversations with Trump.Mr Comey also said that Mr Trump asked him for “loyalty” – which Mr Trump emphatically denies. “You never know what’s out there but I didn’t tape and I don’t have any tapes”.Trump had also taken to Twitter to complain that the investigations by the FBI and Congress into allegations of improper links with Russian Federation and possible obstruction of justice constituted “the single greatest Witch hunt in American political history”.Defending his May tweet that suggested he may have “tapes” of his conversations with James Comey, President Trump said his comment may have persuaded the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director to tell the truth about their interactions.When the Fox News host gushed that Trump’s tweet “was a smart way” to make sure Comey “stayed honest in those hearings”, the president, pleased with himself, replied, “Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that”.Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday, a day before the deadline, that he did not know if there were recordings of his conversations with Mr Comey, but he did not make or have any such recordings.”He had been honest and told the President on three separate occasions that the President wasn’t under investigation and what we know now is there was no collusion and the only person who actually leaked was, in fact, Director Comey”, he said.