Spicer's comments came as a response to Trump's eye-opening tweet from earlier Friday, which appeared to serve as a threat to Comey.
As they ate, the president and Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Trump's rallies. "He keeps a very robust schedule, as many of you are very well aware, as you can tell by the activities of next week alone", Spicer said, referring to the president's upcoming trip to the Middle East.
"Trump actually brought into the White House with him a host of scandals". That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.
There have always been reports indicating that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because the latter would not sufficiently assure the former of his loyalty.
Trump's firing of Comey is perhaps the most naked sign yet of his corruption.
Illinois Republicans in Congress this week didn't make the same call for an investigator, but they didn't fully embrace Trump's ouster of Comey, either. Which professional advisors would be willing to speak honestly with him if they thought they were being taped, and that Trump would later use that tape against them?
"You will have that", Comey told his associates he responded.
Throughout his career, Trump has made loyalty from the people who work for him a key priority, often discharging employees he considers insufficiently reliable. He declined to do so at least twice during the dinner, The Times reported, citing two people close to Comey who had knowledge of the conversation.
His explanation of why he fired Comey ran counter to previous administration explanations of Comey's dismissal.
White House aides themselves aren't immune from the problem.
On Thursday, the best Huckabee Sanders could do was make reference to emails and text messages she says she personally received after the president fired him.
Trump, in his interview, also gave further details of his account that Comey had told him on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation matter.
Mr Trump fired Mr Comey on Tuesday, later saying that "he wasn't doing a good job".
FBI officials have questioned Trump's claims, and the agency' acting director, Andrew McCabe, on Thursday said such assurances about the scope of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation would not be "standard practice".
"Trump can tape anything anywhere inside the District of Columbia and not tell anyone", he added.
The trouble for Trump is that Clapper didn't say there's no record of collusion.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon would not expand on or answer questions whether recording devices exist in the White House or whether Trump recorded conversations with Comey.
Fox's coverage of Trump firing Comey kicked off with an inauspicious start - after news broke during the 5 p.m. hour, the network first reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had resigned.
"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely", McCabe said.
The controversy over Comey's firing during the FBI's investigation into Russian influence has led some to question whether Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice. But Comey went because he did not believe he could turn down a meeting with the new president.
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he had with Trump. That night, hours after Clapper's testimony, Trump tweeted, "Director reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows-there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump".
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