Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told MSNBC'S Andrea Mitchell on Friday that there could be evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign - a statement that comes on the heels of an apparent public threat Trump made this morning to fired FBI Director James Comey, tweeting that Comey had better hope their conversations have not been taped. The president didn't even know the Justice Department was considering Comey's ouster, Spicer said, until Rosenstein sent a memo recommending it (with the approval of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had supposedly recused himself from the whole affair).
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump ally, said the president "absolutely" feels that loyalty to him is secondary to loyalty to the country.
When asked about Trump's suggestion that he might do away with press briefings altogether and instead hand out written responses "for the sake of accuracy", Spicer said the president - like many other Americans - is frustrated with the media's coverage of his administration. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.
Trump said in an interview this week that he and Comey had dinner a week after his inauguration, and the president described the conversation as Comey asking him to keep him in his job.
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", Trump tweeted.
US President Donald Trump has warned fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey against leaking material to the media.
"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee. "That would be flawless".
The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people". They claimed that Trump fired Comey because of a recommendation from the Department of Justice related to his handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.
Sergey Lavrov, the wry Russian foreign minister, allowed himself a quip when asked whether the sudden dismissal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, would overshadow his talks this week in Washington.
"That's, frankly, offensive", Spicer said.
In an interview with NBC on Thursday, Trump also revealed that he had asked Comey on three occasions whether he was personally under investigation.
Spicer also refused to rule out a potential end to White House briefings, which Trump threatened on Twitter on Friday. A strong chief of staff or White House Counsel's Office would have insisted on a well-prepared and carefully defended process to remove the FBI director if that were necessary - and would have counseled against doing it at all while the director was ramping up an investigation of Trump's campaign.
Mr Trump has dismissed the FBI investigation as a "charade" and has said Democrats are using "fake news" about collusion with the Russians as an excuse for losing the election.
One contender who could prove politically palatable is Michael Garcia, a former US attorney in Manhattan with significant experience in terrorism and public corruption investigations.
Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey, a White House official said.
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