Trump tweets 'best thing' would be to cancel future press briefings

Trump tweets 'best thing' would be to cancel future press briefings

The comments apparently contradict the administration's earlier explanation for Comey's firing.

In an interview with NBC News, Trump also said he'd asked Comey point-blank if he was under investigation and was assured three times he was not.

Democrats are demanding appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and ties to Trump's campaign, and have discussed trying to slow down the confirmation process or other business of the Senate as a way of drawing attention to the demand. I happen to have lawyers, unrelated lawyers and they would say wow, she's guilty here, guilty. "It hasn't recovered from that", Trump explained why he wanted to fire Comey.

Also in the NBC interview, Trump trampled on the White House narrative about why Comey was sacked, insisting that he would've fired Comey regardless of the recommendation he received from the Department of Justice and saying the FBI's investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials factored into his decision.

Trump also reiterated the claim that the Russian Federation story is fabricated in a separate Tweet Friday.

"I was going to fire regardless of recommendation", Trump said, in contrast to a statement from the White House Wednesday which said he made the decision after he was recommended to do so by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Not even Vice President Mike Pence was spared the embarrassment of having told a version of events that was later discredited by Trump.

The acting director's effusive praise of Comey appeared to be a direct response to deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said on Wednesday that "the rank-and-file of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had lost confidence in their director".

When Collins pressed McCabe on Trump's claim about conversations he had with Comey, McCabe again declined to comment.

At the Senate hearing, Mr McCabe testified it was not typical practice to tell people they were not a target of an investigation.

Democrats irate over Comey's abrupt ouster, and concerned by the inclusion of politicians on the list of possible replacements, are demanding Trump not select a partisan leader.

With the exception of McCabe's forceful defense of his former boss, he was careful not to make news.

Anthony Weiner cries while apologizing in court
In court, the 52-year-old former Democratic congressman paused repeatedly as he fought back tears and tried to compose himself. He said he ended the habit, but it resurfaced in 2013, leading him to pull out of the race for NY mayor that year.

"I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations", said the president.

Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. Others close to Comey told reporters Trump used a dinner meeting to demand Comey's loyalty.

The White House tried to move past the controversy, announcing that the president had signed an executive order creating a voter fraud commission and another on cybersecurity.

But Trump blew up that narrative on his own Thursday during his sit-down interview with NBC.

Top House Democrats promptly asked for copies of the tapes.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and a Trump ally. Do you think they need to tone it down? "Random change isn't helpful". But after Mr Comey's dismissal, Politico reported that the president "had grown enraged by the Russian Federation investigation" and was "frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia".

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a USA facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015.

It is also unusual for the FBI to go public with an investigation, especially during an election campaign. He promised he would tolerate no interference from the White House and would not provide the administration with updates on its progress. He said there has been no interference so far.

Trump said he had asked Comey whether he was under investigation and Comey denied it.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press", Graham also said of the Russian Federation probe: "The president needs to back off here and let the investigation go forward".

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