President Trump threatened Friday morning to end White House press briefings, arguing that "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that President Donald Trump's tweet - warning fired FBI Director James Comey about leaks of their conversations - was a "threat". Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times.
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.
Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.
"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.
Trump was widely known to record some phone conversations at his office in Trump Tower during his business career, sometimes remarking to aides after a call as to whether or not he had taped it. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording.
Earlier Friday, Trump reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign are "fabricated".
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Comey also didn't want word of the dinner to get out because "he was anxious about the public perception", the associate said. CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.
Whether the president's clumsy and seemingly ill-thought-out steps will backfire is impossible to predict. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had promised to recuse himself from all Justice Department matters involving Russian interference with our election, but waded right into the middle of the decision to discharge Comey.
CNN said later that Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have of their conversations, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.
The face-to-face meeting between the president and the director raised other concerns.
As a follow up to threatening the FBI director he fired mid-investigation this week, Donald Trump went on to wring his hands-again-about the unfairness of that investigation.
Nothing has come from this investigation yet; Mr Comey said it was "very complex" and that he could not give a timetable for its completion. But, no matter how Huckabee's daughter spins the tale, no one but die-hard Trump lovers believe Kremlingate did not lead to Comeygate.
GRASSLEY: Question two, relatively related, have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?
Writing in The Atlantic, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explores various definitions of a constitutional crisis and how they help us understand President Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I think he is stirring the pot, as he has a habit of doing", Fleischer said in an interview Friday. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.
Rosenstein's memo mentioned Comey's mishandling of last year's investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate". John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
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