Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over media leaks

Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump's actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations.

Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private. "We've got to address that", said Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, referring to Trump's behavior with Comey, including the report that the president asked for the FBI director's loyalty.Trump says Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe. "He said, 'You are not under investigation'".

Trump's bareknuckle comments immediately fueled fresh comparisons between his administration and that of disgraced president Richard Nixon, who famously recorded his conversations - a fact that sped his downfall during the Watergate scandal. Trump said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job. "If there's tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over".

"If there are-you know where to send them", WikiLeaks replied with a link to its online submission form.

The list of interviewees is also said to include Michael Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the deputy Senate leader and a former state attorney general.

That did not stop Sanders from continuing to push the narrative that "rank and file" Federal Bureau of Investigation employees had lost confidence in Comey, leading to an extremely contentious White House briefing on Thursday, where reporters grilled Sanders for evidence supporting the claim, which she struggled to provide.

The other two times Trump said he asked Comey whether he was under investigation were in telephone conversations.

"It's always the president's decision", Spicer said.

"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, noting that it is not required in NY for both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded.

President Donald Trump will read reports and recommendations from the interviews and then meet with a few leading candidates himself, the official said.

Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

According to the poll, 59 percent of adults, including 41 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats, agreed that "Congress should launch an independent investigation into communications between the Russian government and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election". Starting with Spicer's claim that the media inaccurately portrayed the size of Trump's inauguration audience, there have been questions about whether the administration is knowingly providing inaccurate information. He said there has been no interference so far.

  • Zachary Reyes