Two top Democrats are demanding that the White House turn over any recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
Added Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The tweets that follow it and the statements from the president that have followed it have raised concerns about whether it might be an abuse of power".
That's because Congress in 1974 passed the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act that designated tapes like those Nixon recorded as presidential records that must be preserved in federal archives. He simply stated a fact. It was his latest comment on the fallout from his decision to fire Comey on Tuesday.
Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling. Russian Federation denies the claims.
Mr. Trump has acknowledged speaking to Mr. Comey three times in total since taking office in January, including the one-on-one dinner reported by the Times, and indicated the possibility of tape-recorded copies existing during Friday morning's Twitter tirade.
"That would be ideal", the source told NBC.
"We see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it a game of gotcha as opposed to trying to figure out what the policies are", Spicer said. Trump wrote. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
"I actually said today, let's not ever do any more press briefings", Trump told Fox News. One solution, he said, is "we don't have press conferences".
In recent days, White House aides have given accounts of Mr. Trump's firing of Mr. Comey that were later contradicted by the president himself.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer subsequently refused to clarify whether Trump records conversations in the Oval Office, and said he was "not aware" whether Trump recorded his exchanges with Comey.
"They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people". NY state judge Michael Garcia, acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and the former head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Alice Fisher, will be interviewed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein.