Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

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Not only was this blatant threat and attempted blackmail pointless - since with Comey fired the former director apparently doesn't care what Trump releases - it also harkens back to Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal in which Nixon taped conversations that ultimately helped bring down his administration.

"You can have some of the best systems in the world and if your people aren't trained or they get lazy or they don't do what they're supposed to do, that's when you have an opening and that creates a vulnerability".

President Donald Trump threatened to shut down daily press briefings Friday as he sought to defend his White House from criticism of its shifting explanations and misstatements about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In the termination letter to Mr Comey, Mr Trump thanked him for telling him "three times" that he personally is not under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign.

"I have not asked him about the deputy", Spicer said during his news conference on Friday.

The tweets follow a report in the New York Times that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president.

Trump wrote to Comey that the dismissal was necessary to restore the public's trust and confidence. "The president should immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading - and in this case threatening - statement".

So far 14 people - politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

Then in six tweets Friday morning Trump raised more questions.

All three former employees chose to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, but each claims Trump would sometimes record phone calls in his Trump Tower office in NY. Lyndon Johnson also recorded conversations. The Watergate scandal accelerated drastically when it was revealed Nixon taped conversations in the White House.

It hasn't been determined if the president is recording conversations in the Oval Office, but if that happened, Schumer has a warning. Nixon resigned a year later.

Initially, Trump's aides said the president acted simply at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY.

Trump anxious about recorded conversations - and recording his own conversations - well before he got into politics, according to former Trump Organization executives. Trump once denied doing so.

October 28, 2016: Trump reacts to FBI's decision to investigate new messages related to Clinton's emails, telling a campaign rally that he has "great respect for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for righting this wrong".

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