Donald Trump refers to 'tapes' that may exist of James Comey conversations

Lauren Perry
May 14, 2017

"The president has nothing further to add on that", he said.

In a statement, association president Thomas F. O'Connor said Rogers's background "sets him apart".

Mr. Spicer's comments came hours after Mr. Trump in a Friday morning tweet warned Mr. Comey not to leak information to the news media. "The tweet speaks for itself", he said. "That's not a threat, he simply stated a fact".

Rosenstein wrote a memorandum - faulting Comey's handling of a probe of Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails a year ago - that the White House released on May 9 to justify Comey's firing. Lawmakers of both parties have questioned whether the dismissal was related to the FBI's probe of Trump associates' possible ties with Russian Federation. In Congressional Testimony, Comey disclosed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump said that he would prefer the investigations into the matter now going on in the House, the Senate, and the FBI "take their time". During a lengthy dinner Thursday night with his wife, Melania, and longtime family friends, Trump told stories from the past and shared anecdotes from the first 100 days of his presidency.

"You will have that", Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".

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Asked by Pirro if Spicer would remain on the job, Mr. Trump said that "he's doing a good job but he gets beat up". White House officials had flatly denied that the Russian Federation investigation had something to do with Comey's firing.

Comey reportedly declined to testify at a closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

"In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", he said.

Trump revealed to Holt that he had been planning to fire Comey even before he received Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's recommendation to do so. A spokesman for Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said the details on the timing are still being worked out. His administration then spent the next three days telling a shifting story about why Trump made a decision to fire Comey when he did.

"When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

"I'm not saying it any way", Trump said. "[Spicer] could have said 'no.' He could have said 'yes.' He said 'I have nothing for you on that'". The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and that Comey refused.

Asked at the briefing Friday whether Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge his loyalty, Mr. Spicer responded: "No". "I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important - you know, it depends on how you define loyalty, number one".

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