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Federal Bureau of Investigation oath says any individual loyalty pledge can lead 'to tyranny'

13 Mai 2017

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

"That I can't talk about". She said Trump would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Senior Democrats on the House judiciary and oversight committees wrote to the White House on Friday demanding copies of any recordings.

Adam Schiff, the top ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, in an official statement, called Trump's suggestion that he may have taped Comey "staggering".

During an exclusive interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, Trump said he'd previously planned to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - which conflicted with what staffers and surrogates previously told the media about Comey's surprise ouster.

Trump's latest tweet alluding to the possibility of recordings further added to the heightened drama of the past two days as the White House tries to do damage control on the messaging surrounding Comey's firing.

"I can confidently tell you that the vast majority of employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", Mr McCabe said. He has said during hearings that there is no evidence Russian hackers changed any vote tallies in the election, while maintaining they are highly confident the country interfered with the goal of getting Trump elected.

Trump was referring to past statements by Clapper in which the former DNI said he had not seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Gonzales told me that he was surprised to see his words cited in the memo that laid out the case for Comey's dismissal. Meantime, Spicer denies that Trump asked Comey during a dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president.

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Comey's allies dispute that the conversation happened that way; instead, they say, Comey refused to pledge his personal loyalty to Trump, a contention the White House, in turn, disputes.

White house staffers and the president have offered conflicting accounts about why Comey was sacked and the timeline leading up to the decision.

Fewer than 48 hours after taking over, McCabe testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asserting that Comey's firing by President Donald Trump has had no impact on an ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Sen. Marco Rubio asked McCabe if Comey's firing had impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any investigation at the FBI.

Burr also reiterated his opposition to a special prosecutor, saying that it would delay the investigation.

That explains why he went into great detail with Holt about what he said were the three times he asked Comey if he was under investigation, despite the appalling appearance of conflict and potential intimidation. Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office.

Trump's response was admitting inaccuracies - and threatening to cancel the White House daily briefing as a result.

Cliff Kupchan, chairman of the Eurasia Group, said the removal of Comey strengthens the claim that the Trump administration doesn't adhere to norms and institutions, and worldwide relations is much more about norms and voluntary institutions than about laws, he said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation oath says any individual loyalty pledge can lead 'to tyranny'