"I think the president and the people close to the president don't want to emphasize that any more".
"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said. "The way the White House has displayed itself, generally, we should be at the least skeptical; they are simply not credible".
On Thursday, Trump contradicted that story, saying he had planned to fire Comey anyway, and The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein threatened to resign over the White House's inaccurate portrayal of his role.
Johnson said he also has confidence in the Senate Intelligence committee, which is also investigating possible ties. If someone advised the president to fire Comey now - just days after he testified the FBI was continuing its investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign - it was "bad advice", Jones said.
Trump's lashing out at the media and Comey comes on the heels of a media-aimed rant issued in Time magazine, where the president specifically targeted Stephen Colbert, calling him a "no-talent guy", and CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon. You know that. I know that. Comey says he refused but promised to be honest.
The briefing began with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster discussing the president's upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe, despite threats from President Trump earlier in the day threatening to cancel press briefings in the face of fallout from Comey's dismissal.
Trump has often bristled at investigations about Russian Federation being carried out by the FBI as well as committees in the House and the Senate - often saying the notion that Russian Federation meddled in USA affairs to tip the presidential election in his favor was a Democratic Party excuse for its November defeat.
It added that Mr Trump had met Justice Department officials, and discused reasons for removing Mr Comey.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, US intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.
Sen. Marco Rubio asked McCabe if Comey's firing had impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any investigation at the FBI. And lots of Americans believe that there is an effort here to obstruct the investigation. On Thursday, Trump said he had made the decision to fire Comey before receiving the memo.
"I actually asked him, yes", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt.
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". For now, Comey has taken a few days to gather himself, particularly given how caught off guard he was by the timing of the firing.
The mere sight, though, of the president appearing to warn - or, as some might see it, threaten - the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director on the public forum of Twitter is surely a first. Tim Kaine, D-VA.
"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", he said. Bob Casey, D-PA.
That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.
Democrats have found an ally in the Senate's Republican chairman of the intelligence committee. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, told MSNBC on Friday.
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