Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief against talking to media, threatens 'tapes'

Elizabeth Williams
May 14, 2017

Comey had come under intense scrutiny for his role in the FBI's investigation into the email practices of Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the reopening of the investigation just days before the election. He said most are "very well known" and of the "highest level".

In a series of documents and statements released in the wake of Comey's ouster, the White House asserted that Trump made his decision based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsRubio "very encouraged" Trump considering politicians to lead FBI FBI agents group urges Trump to pick Mike Rogers for director Axelrod: Trump defenders "wind up looking like a liar or a fool" MORE and his deputy Rod Rosenstein.

"In fact when I chose 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.

Asked about McCabe's testimony on Thursday, Huckabee Sanders didn't back down, saying she's "heard from countless members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision and I think that we may have to agree to disagree". McCabe, during his testimony, indicated his goal is to do "the right thing", which he characterized as "protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution".

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Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings. Trump's dismissal letter to Comey says the move was necessary "to restore the public's trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission". "You know, look, it's politics".

One of the names the White House has floated as a possible Comey replacement is a former Trump campaign official.

The president said Saturday a new director could be named by Friday, the day he departs for his first presidential foreign trip. "It's inappropriate", Conway said during an appearance on CNN on Wednesday.

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