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Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations

15 May 2017, 01:25 | Felicia Parsons

Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations

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In the news briefing Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he had spoken to Mr. Trump and the president had nothing further to add on the tapes tweet.

Less than a week after Trump fired Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

Those opposed to the sacking have claimed that Comey's sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's team.

Though the White House initially said that Comey's removal had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, Trump later told NBC News' Lester Holt that the investigation was a factor in his decision.

The White House had said Comey was sacked "based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions".

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump fired Comey only after getting a recommendation from the Department of Justice.

Trump said he would have fired Comey even if Rosenstein had not recommended it.

In an interview with Fox News's Jeanine Pirro on Friday, the president complained about hostility and unfair treatment at the hands of the media, suggesting for the second time in one day that he might just cancel the daily briefing - and adding that he might instead hold biweekly briefings himself. But the New York Times hears word that it wasn't testifying that Comey objected to, but rather that he wants his testimony to be open to the public. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) declined, through representatives, to describe their conversations with Trump.

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"We get here early, we work pretty late, we do what we can", Spicer said.

Asked if Trump recorded conversations with Comey and if there are recording devices in the White House, Spicer did not give yes-or-no answers.

In the days since, a bewildering array of contradictory narratives about the firing have emerged from the White House.

Trump fired Comey Tuesday after receiving recommendations from Session and Rosenstein.

"Let me repeat that the president has been told by the FBI director that he is not under FBI investigation, that is right in the president's letter", Conway said. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

Trump issued a comment on Twitter in apparent response to the news leaks, which CNN, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post, and other media, characterized as a "threat" to Comey.

Already Mr Trump's decision appears to have emboldened the Senate intelligence committee investigating Russia's election interference and the president's associates, with lawmakers announcing a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

Earlier Thursday, on Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's own rank-and-file.



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