Trump's communications team has come under fire this week for its misrepresentation of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
During a conversation in which Trump said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander", he was also clear he had made up his mind to fire Comey long ago, no matter what Rosenstein and Sessions told him. That contradicted the claims made earlier by several White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
"They could slow down the investigations to a crawl, prevent charges from moving forward to DOJ for prosecution, or any other number of ways the White House could subvert these investigations", said one former FBI official who worked on the Russian Federation probe. "You can't be cute about tapes". Trump told Holt that Comey had confirmed he was not under investigation at the dinner and twice on the phone.
During that same interview, Trump acknowledged his dissatisfaction with Comey was based, at least in part, on Comey's decision to pursue an investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia - a revelation that could open him up to impeachment proceedings. Nearly every member will be subject to questions - and then more questions - about whether and why they do or don't support an independent prosecutor to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.
Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump for his actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because Trump may have "tapes" of their conversations.
"White House interference with any FBI investigation is incompatible with democratic safeguards, and that's especially the case when the investigation involves the president or his associates".
Some Democrats have said they will try to block Trump's nominee if he does not turn over the recordings or acknowledge none exist.
In July, Trump accused Comey of going too easy on Hillary Clinton when the Federal Bureau of Investigation director announced the agency would not file charges against her for using a home-brew server for her classified communications as secretary of state.
But Democratic lawmakers are making such a vote contingent on the Justice Department naming a special prosecutor to probe Russia's alleged interference in the United States election - and the question of possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
Nobody says that Trump "fired" former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew because the new president always brings in a new Treasury secretary.
Hosko said just before his 2014 retirement, he was called into the director's office, arguably the most buttoned up inner sanctum of the nation's premier law enforcement agency.
"It's in the interest of the American people, it's in the interest of Russian Federation and the rest of the world that we do something to see if we can not improve the relationship between the two greatest nuclear powers in the world", Tillerson said. This time, he told what appears to be the truth: The Justice Department recommendations were a charade.
"My expectation is that we will get a chance to hear from him in public", Warner said. Lindsey Graham, is one of the Republicans who has called for a special prosecutor. Three percent said neither Congress nor a special prosecutor would serve best, while 4 percent said they were not sure. "It's not a criminal investigation".