Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'


President Donald Trump seemed to throw him a brushback pitch on Twitter, writing Friday that Comey had 'better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!' He said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job.

It was unclear whether Mr Trump's reference to "tapes" suggested there might be secret recordings of conversations that could be used to challenge any statements by Mr Comey, or whether it was simply a way of warding him off from commenting.

In an interview with NBC on Thursday, the president revealed that he had spoken with Comey multiple times about the Russian Federation investigation, including two phone calls and a dinner, before ultimately choosing to dismiss him.

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He said he wants Comey to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss conversations he had with Trump before his abrupt termination.

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Former FBI Director James Comey will not testify before the Senate intelligence committee next week, according to the panel's vice chairman, Democratic Sen.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, parallel congressional investigations and his battles with the media have clouded Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities. "The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump". Moscow has denied interference in the election, and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the president.

The White House disputed the account. Publicly saying he saw nothing wrong with demanding such loyalty, the president turned to Twitter with a none-too-subtle threat that Comey would regret any decision to disseminate his version of his conversations with Trump - something that Comey has every right, and indeed a civic duty, to do.

"During my tenure as DNI, it was my practice to defer to the FBI director, both Director Mueller and then subsequently Director Comey, on whether, when and to what extent they would inform me about such investigations", Clapper told senators. Comey declined, instead offering "honest". She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal.

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"I don't think, that's not a threat, he simply stated a fact".

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Today, the president tweeted out that he felt, from behind that podium, it's not always possible to present the information with flawless accuracy. Trump tweeted. "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'll tell you what, they'll be very unhappy", Trump said of news networks, "because the ratings are so high that I don't know what these networks are going to do".

"I've talked to the president, and the president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said numerous times throughout his 35-minute briefing.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that Mr Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Mr Comey on his own accord.