White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet


President Donald Trump during a Fox News interview appeared to make a case for getting Robert Mueller pulled off the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

"We continuing to fight hard for the President's message, agenda and priorities and we'll continue to do that every day", he said.

This morning, Fox News aired a new interview with Trump, asking about his bogus tweet, and after whining about the Obama administration for a while, the president argued that he was simply trying to intimidate the former FBI chief in advance of his sworn testimony in the investigation into Trump's Russian Federation scandal. But there's been no collusion and no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that.

Meanwhile, the head of the US House of Representatives' Russia investigation said today he wanted a formal response from Mr Trump to a request for records about conversations with Mr Comey.

The president called Democrats "obstructionists", saying he thought they would do better at the polls if they worked with the GOP.

Spicer went on to mention an aspect of Comey's testimony that the Trump administration has been eager to amplify: the fact that Comey said Trump himself was not under investigation in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

"Robert Mueller is an honorable man, so hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution", Trump said.

Investigators will also weigh the credibility of Mr Comey against a president who has shown a wobbly commitment to accuracy.

"When he found out that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, I think his story may have changed", Trump said in an interview that aired Friday morning.

Lawmakers investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election have raised questions about whether Comey's May 9 firing was an attempt by Trump to stop the Russia probe.

It made sense that Trump and his lawyer would dispute aspects of Comey's testimony that raised questions about whether the president's actions amounted to obstruction of justice.

He also said Trump's "bluff" toward Comey - in which he tweeted about the possible existence of tapes of their conversations - was "perfectly legal".

Trump, who spoke to the network Thursday at the White House, touted the recent Republican victory in a Georgia special election. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint.

Trump has disputed Comey's assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting they had.

"Well, I didn't tape him".

"My story didn't change, my story was always a straight story, my story was always the truth", Trump said.