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James Comey's dismissal: Differing accounts from Trump officials

17 Mai 2017

The story noted that the White House disputed the account, saying it was not accurate.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", the President tweeted.

"Well that I can't talk about".

The White House, however, declined repeatedly on Friday to discuss the matter - including whether there are recording devices in the Oval Office.

"During my tenure as DNI, it was my practice to defer to the FBI director, both Director Mueller and then subsequently Director Comey, on whether, when and to what extent they would inform me about such investigations", Clapper told senators. I'm sure he will be. Aides said Trump does not believe his team gave contradictory stories about his decision to fire Comey, despite the fact that the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period.

"For POTUS, it was not wise to have done this", Fleischer said in one tweet.

Was the president trying to threaten the man he fired on Tuesday to keep silent? The babble from nameless figures often gets juxtaposed to whatever it is that Spicer or Sanders said about the situation, whether from the podium or in a statement.

Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey, a White House official said. "I am not aware of that", the press secretary said. "He's a grandstander", Trump said about Comey in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday.

"No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", the president told Pirro. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

"I actually asked him, yes".

"He tried to stay away from it [the Russian investigation]", said the former official, who worked closely with Comey and stays in touch with him.

"He wanted clarity", Spicer responded on Friday. Moscow has denied interference in the election, and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. According to reports, agents and career employees within the FBI are reeling from Comey's firing, and one Hill contributor recently claimed that the bureau has "Trump tapes" akin to Nixon's "Watergate tapes". "But very well known, highly respected, really talented people", Trump said at the weekend.

The White House refusal to elaborate left open several questions: Had Trump, as his predecessor had in the 1970s, been covertly taping conversations? He's going into territory with obstruction of justice. "The White House called him out of the blue".

Last month, for example, the New York Times reported that Trump had issued a "warning shot" to Bannon and senior adviser-cum-son-in-law Jared Kushner, who were reported to have been feuding. That got Washington - rattled and surprised nearly daily by the shoot-from-the-hip Trump presidency - into a veritable lather.

It was not clear when Comey would speak for himself.

James Comey's dismissal: Differing accounts from Trump officials