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Donald Trump forbids James Comey from leaking to media in veiled tweet

16 Mai 2017

Comey's ouster Tuesday, while his FBI led an investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, raises the potential that a man long defined by his independent streak, willingness to buck protocol and even a flair for the dramatic could resurface to publicly rebut White House efforts to smear his reputation.

Why did the president seek assurances from Comey that he was not a target of the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 election?

Comey was invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a session closed off from the public on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told The Hill.

The missives raised new questions about Trump's May 9 dismissal of Comey and re-focused attention on the government's investigations of Russian meddling in the USA presidential election.

James Comey was sacked on Tuesday by President Trump, and the first, official explanation for the decision given by the White House was that it was due to his botched handling of the conclusion of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Mr Trump has faced a backlash for dismissing Mr Comey on Tuesday. But we may have to wait for a while to get Comey's side of the story.

Up until now Mr Spicer, whose relationship with the White House press corps has been at best uneasy and at worst hostile, has enjoyed the full backing of the president.

Former national intelligence director James Clapper on Friday afternoon corroborated the Times account of Comey's January dinner with the president. The pick will be under intense scrutiny since Comey was sacked while leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

CBS Evening News, citing a source who has spoken with Comey, said on Twitter that Comey hopes there are "lots of tapes". Trump wrote in one of six tweets that began at 7:15 a.m. Each of these would be a catastrophic nominee to be FBI Director-especially in this moment, and especially as Comey's successor.

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It's unlikely that Mr Comey will not eventually respond to Mr Trump's assertions, and the stage is set for further dramatic confrontation as the president has suggested he might have recorded their conversations. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

In March, Mr Comey said publicly the Federal Bureau of Investigation would "follow the facts wherever they lead".

The series of tweets come as the White House scrambles to deny that it intentionally misled Americans over the series of events that led to Comey's termination on Tuesday. They say they show no investments in Russian Federation, show no loan payments, interest payments to lenders from Russian Federation.

Media captionWhat do Trump supporters think about Comey's firing?

Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, said he didn't make much of Trump's tweets about taping Comey.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy" and that "the best thing to do" might be to cancel future press briefings in favor of hand-written responses.

The letter didn't include any documentation and Trump, breaking with presidential precedent in the recent past, has refused to release any tax returns for public scrutiny. If so, we request copies of all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in front of the committee on Thursday.

"It's not my place to say I agree or disagree", Christie said, according to NJ.com, when asked about Comey's firing. "Maybe I'll expand that, you know, lengthen the time". In a memo, the White House says it "cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails", and does "not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken".