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US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to threaten to cancel all White House press briefings
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president tweeted.
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Sean Hannity opened his show with a monologue attacking the mainstream media, but this time he used the opportunity to voice his support for President Donald Trump ending those daily press briefings.
Mr. Trump also said on Twitter Friday that the media is trying to hold his press staff to an unfair standard because, "as a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"
And citing a source "close to Comey", CNN anchor Jake Tapper reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was dismissed because he lacked personal loyalty to Trump and because the Russian Federation probe was "accelerating".
Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race - notably since he fired Comey, who had been investigating whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to help influence the election. Trump questioned that investigation again Friday morning, calling it a "witch hunt". "Look, I thought this would be a very popular think that I did when I terminated Comey".
"It's shocking to the conscience". "As far as I'm aware, he is fully cooperating", Lee told Fox, adding that Trump wants the investigation to proceed "wherever the facts may lead". He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during the White House dinner and in two phone conversations.
As for the shifting version of events surrounding Comey's ouster, the president argued that he is too busy for his staff to know all that is going on and suggested he could cancel press briefings altogether.
"We can make a fast decision", Mr. Trump said.
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!", the president tweeted.
"Let's say I did it on January 20, the opening, right, and that would have been the big story as opposed to the inauguration", Trump said.
In the initial moments after Comey's firing, Trump's press secretary, deputy press secretary and Vice President Mike Pence all said Trump's decision was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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