"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it", Trump said, according to excerpts from a Fox News interview to be broadcast on Sunday. But when he found out that I-that there may be tapes out there-whether it's governmental tapes or anything else-and who knows-uh, I think his story may have changed.
Mr Mueller has not given any details of his investigation but U.S. media have reported he is investigating Mr Trump for possible obstruction of justice, both in the firing of Mr Comey and whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn.
As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress's questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey's firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, he stayed true to character. Meanwhile, Trump's comment about the "bothersome" Comey and Mueller are causing social media commenters even more concern about investigative interference.
One week after the memo was disclosed, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump political campaign.
Representatives for Conaway and Schiff did not respond on Friday afternoon to queries about whether the White House had met the deadline to provide the materials.
After all, it seems increasingly unlikely that evidence will emerge Trump engaged in any illegal collusion with Russian officials.
Trump also reiterated the sentiment he expressed via tweet on Thursday - that he did not make tapes of his and Comey's interactions. His firing has been a effect of the crime that Mueller is investigating. The second front is the Trump Campaigns and their collusion and coordination with Putin/Russian Govt in fixing the 2016 election. When Trump asked then-FBI Director Comey whether he, Donald J. Trump, was being investigated by the FBI, Comey thrice said no.
While testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey said he hoped there were tapes.
"I don't know whether it was an unforced error or a tactic, but it could have been both: a tactic that turned out to be an unforced error", Dershowitz said. "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States", he said.
But among Trump loyalists in the White House and in Congress, there was a spirited effort to validate the claim.
Trump's tweets, old and new, left many perplexed about whether there was motive or strategy behind the whole affair.
In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said Trump's tweet made him give his memos of meetings with Trump to a friend.
The Trump Administration has moved to accommodate the President's dubious rhetoric in other ways.
By about a 2-to-1 margin, the respondents said they are more likely to trust Comey's account, which he laid out in detail in Senate testimony earlier this month.