Donald Trump warns James Comey over 'leaks' in explosive Twitter rant

Trump also suggested he may cancel future press briefings and instead "hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy" because "as a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Comey's temporary replacement, Andrew McCabe, made clear that he liked and respected Comey, had no intention of briefing Trump on the investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign as long as he held the job and considered it one of the most important probes underway at the Justice Department.

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the two top officials at the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken", Mr Rosenstein goes on to say.

"I didn't ask that question directly, 'had you already made that decision, '" Sanders said at Thursday's press briefing. "He's scared, and I think he's trying to bully Comey".

Mr Comey had been due to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to speak on Russian Federation on Thursday - its chairman, Richard Burr, said he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination". Their review also notably takes into account only Trump's returns from the past 10 years, leaving open questions about whether there were financial dealings with Russian Federation in earlier years.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities. Adam Schiff of California, said that Trump should hand over any such tapes to lawmakers - or publicly admit none actually exist.

Chaos is President Donald Trump's style, yet as long as the Republican delivers on health care, taxes and tapping a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director as solid as his Supreme Court pick, GOP leaders say everything will be just fine. The White House disputed the account, and Mr Trump told NBC the dinner was "very nice".

Trump also tweeted the following warning about Comey leaking to the news media.

During that same interview, Trump acknowledged his dissatisfaction with Comey was based, at least in part, on Comey's decision to pursue an investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia - a revelation that could open him up to impeachment proceedings.

That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

On Friday, President Trump tweeted that Clapper said there was no evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

David Bossie, a Maryland committeeman who was Trump's deputy campaign manager during the final leg of last year's race, conceded the news could have been better explained.

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. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

The FBI Agents Association, which claims more than 13,000 active and retired agents as its members, on Saturday endorsed another candidate: former Representative Mike Rogers, who had also worked as an FBI agent.

It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.

  • Larry Hoffman