Friday, June 23, 2017
Can we add another crime?
Donny Metamucilini is well recorded admitting that he tried to obstruct justice by getting to change his testimony before Congress. Now he has recorded another admission that he did try to alter Coney's sworn testimony to Congress.
President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s testimony before Congress, and he emphasized that he committed “no obstruction” of the inquiries into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.Trump wants us to believe he committed no crimes in the face of evidence to the contrary. And now he has recorded one more piece of evidence that he tried to suborn perjury from Comey, a crime he has not yet been charged with.
The interview, with “Fox & Friends,” was shown one day after the president tweeted what most people in Washington had already come to believe: that he had not made recordings of his conversations with Mr. Comey.
Instead, the president explained in the television interview, his tweets were referring to the possibility that anyone could have taped those discussions.
“I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the horribleness of the situation with surveillance all over the place,” the president said in the interview. “So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape.”
When the Fox interviewer suggested that the possible existence of recordings might make sure Mr. Comey “stayed honest in those hearings,” Mr. Trump paused before responding, “Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that.”
Referring to Mr. Comey, the president said that “when he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed.”
Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to his statements over the months, which Mr. Comey confirmed in his testimony, that the then-F.B.I. director had told the president that he was not under investigation.
Mr. Trump, according to his advisers, had become enormously frustrated that Mr. Comey would not say so publicly.
The president also raised questions about the impartiality of Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director who was named special counsel for the Russia investigation after Mr. Comey was fired.
“He’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump repeatedly refused to say whether he believed Mr. Mueller would have to recuse himself from the inquiry. The president is said to have railed in private about Mr. Mueller to aides and has said he wants to leave open the option of firing him.
Mr. Trump said “there’s been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that,” and he added that some of Mr. Mueller’s legal team had supported Hillary Clinton.
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