An official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors at some point.
Spicer denied on Friday that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty, insisting that the president simply "wants loyalty to this country and the rule of law".
But Democrats wasted no time pouncing on the possibility recordings of Trump and Comey might exist. He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during the White House dinner and in two phone conversations.
Comey came to the job with a reputation for courage and independence.
And we believe Mr. Comey recklessly and unfairly influenced the outcome of the presidential election by announcing 11 days before its end that he was reopening the investigation into Mrs. Clinton's emails from a private server - though the probe turned up nothing untoward.
As senior politics editor Paige Lavender at HuffPost points out, if Comey ever has to testify in the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation, the president's latest tweets could be seen as "witness intimidation".
Mexico welcomes NAFTA re-negotiation, expects constructive talks
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to congressional leaders says the administration wants NAFTA to be "modernized". He also said that while he expects tåhe agreement to be trilateral, some of the negotiations will be bilateral.
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" he 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???" It was one of a series of explanations for dismissing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, some of which directly those offered earlier by top White House officials. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. Luttig clashed with the Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla.
"I think the process is going to go quickly. Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.
The White House blocked United States reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only White House and Russian photographers to capture images of Trump's interactions with Lavrov.
And we add our voice to the loud and growing chorus of Democrats and Republicans calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor or commission to look into possible collusion between President Trump and his campaign aides and associates and the Russians.
The next director will immediately be confronted with oversight of an FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an inquiry the bureau's acting head, Andrew McCabe, has called "highly significant".
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