Nixon chief of staff Alexander Haig had the recording system - complete with five listening devices in the president's desk in the Oval Office - removed on July 16, 1973, but it was already too late.
Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied. Not to mention Congress, which has its own investigations underway. "You contrast that with the president, who is far more reckless with his actions and his words".
The White House had no immediate comment on Mr Clapper's remarks on a morning in which no White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows to discuss Mr Trump's firing.
"Well that I can't talk about". The reports stated that the president asked Comey if he was under investigation and if the director could be "loyal", to which sources privy to the dinner said Comey answered he would be "honest".
Several overnight reports from Federal Bureau of Investigation "sources" emerged which contradicted former Trump's account of a meeting he had with Comey earlier this year, a development which has clearly pushed Trump close to the edge. Was he trying to intimidate Comey?
On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version.
An nearly straight line can also be drawn between Trump's reason for firing Comey and Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre".
The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?
And at his NY office during the campaign, workers believed Trump had a system set up to record phone calls.
Earlier on Friday, Trump said that no one should expect his White House to give completely accurate information. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording.
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"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said. Plus, at some point, Comey himself might have something to say. McCabe clearly and directly shot down those claims on Thursday while testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The president has been concerned about leaks for some time.
Clapper also told MSNBC that he didn't know if there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, contradicting the president's assertion that the former director had cleared him of wrongdoing.
The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health-care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first global trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe. Just as Trump fired Comey, Nixon attempted to use his attorney general, Elliot L. Richardson, and deputy attorney general, William D. Ruckelshaus, to fire the special prosecutor leading the Watergate investigation, Archibald Cox.
"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, referring to the law that permits taping conversations without the knowledge of one of the participants.
Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.
Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether it was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
Senate intelligence committee chair Richard Burr said he doesn't think the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation was the reason for the firing.
That and similar reports apparently led to Trump's tweet.
"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.
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