In Interview, Trump Calls Comey 'Showboat,' Denies Colluding With Russia

Former Republican congressman Mike Rogers is being considered as a candidate to replace Comey, a senior White House official said.

Trump's behavior raises "the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps. John Conyers and Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, in a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn.

"Could this hurt the president or his associates in the investigation?"

In an interview with Fox News Friday, Trump declined to comment on whether he has listening devices in the White House.

"Well, that I can't talk about". "All I want is for Comey to be honest". "I love the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

The White House refusal to elaborate left open several questions: Had Trump, as his predecessor had in the 1970s, been covertly taping conversations? Comey has not explicitly denied the account.

On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version.

Trump also elaborated on what he said were three instances in which Comey personally told him that he was not under investigation.

As a NY businessman, Trump was accustomed to safeguarding his public relations and legal interests by taping interchanges with the consent of other parties, including some who taped him simultaneously.

The Times reported that Comey was wary of accepting Mr. Trump's dinner invitation because he wished to avoid seeming too "chummy" with him, especially because of the ongoing Russian Federation probe. They also commented only condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Fearful that his own team would leak the decision, Mr Trump kept key staff in the dark as he pondered the dramatic move.

Democratic lawmakers, including members of investigatory committees, pelted the West Wing with written questions within hours of Trump's "tapes" tweet. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording.

President Donald Trump says it might be a good idea to no longer hold press conferences.

"Our story is consistent", she said.

What is clear is that Trump broached the protection of taped conversations in the context of his firing of Comey.

"We consider it to be a highly significant investigation", McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing.

The face-to-face meeting between the president and the director raised other concerns.

Trump then suggested doing away with "press briefings" all together.

Trump's comments to NBC News shed new light on the question of what Trump has said to Comey while the FBI investigates possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian operatives seeking to meddle with last year's presidential election.

Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty.

Durbin said Trump's words since firing Comey raise questions about whether the president is trying to interfere with the FBI's investigation of Russia's meddling with the election, and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "That was a DOJ decision", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, laying the impetus for the memo building the case for Comey's firing on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating the Russian Federation connections to last year's election, called Trump's tweet "extraordinary".

"I actually asked him, " Trump recalled. This was echoed by Mike Pence, who said Trump was acting on the Department of Justice recommendations.

  • Leroy Wright