Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

President Donald Trump warned sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey on Friday not to "leak" details of their conversations to the media, and suggested they may have been recorded.

"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is unsafe", Durbin told MSNBC, the cable news channel. Trump said. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in former President George W. Bush's administration, was among those scheduled to be interviewed Saturday.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also responded to media reports questioning the credibility of White House statements on the Comey firing, which have changed over the course of the week.

"As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add to that", Spicer said. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording. "I think it's really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey's side of the story".

Clapper also told MSNBC that he didn't know if there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, contradicting the president's assertion that the former director had cleared him of wrongdoing.

Former FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, an aide to the committee's chairman, GOP Sen.

The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first worldwide trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe.

As has happened on previous occasions since Trump took office, different versions rapidly circulated of an event - in this case phone conversations between Comey and Trump and a dinner they had at the White House. Instead, they said, the president fired Comey on the advice of senior members of the Justice Department, who anxious about his handling of a 2016 investigation into Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

Trump's tweet was evidently prompted by Clapper's testimony to a Senate judiciary subcommittee this week regarding Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election. It initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus, only to have that version undercut by Trump himself. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate". John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Almost a dozen people are being considered, including attorneys, law enforcement officials and legislators.

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