Lawmakers want answers from the White House after Trump's 'tapes' tweet

Besides threatening to cancel White House press briefings and giving fired FBI Director James Comey a warning that there might be "tapes" of their conversations that exist, the president also glommed on to remarks made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to call the Russian Federation investigations a "witch hunt".

Spicer, who kept his answers short during the briefing and largely dodged specific questions about Trump's meeting with Comey, did say at one point that he was not aware that any recording of the Trump-Comey meeting exists. "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey".

But according to Comey's associates, Trump requested the dinner, and pressed him to pledge his loyalty.

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey. Comey is only the second director to be fired in the 82-year history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and some journalists found it remarkable that there seemed to be such confusion at the White House among key aides.

The White House also changed its narrative about whether the president had made a decision to fire Comey based on the recommendations by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen", she added.

Another expert said the threatening tweet might be legal. "Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts", Comey said March 20, 2017.

On Thursday, the New York Times published an account of a dinner, sourced to two Comey associates, that differed from the president's account. He did not criticize Comey, and he did not praise Trump, which is something.

All respondents - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - were more likely to say Trump's decision was inappropriate after they were informed of the FBI's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

"Dinner was arranged", Trump told NBC News.

Trump, meanwhile, has kept up a steady and highly public litany of complaints that the investigation ought to end.

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not be testifying before Congress on Tuesday, Sen.

Today, the president tweeted out that he felt, from behind that podium, it's not always possible to present the information with ideal accuracy.

"And: ".Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" Now the deputy attorney general's reputation is damaged, after Trump ordered him to write a memo that would justify Comey's firing.

That startling admission fanned suggestions that Trump may be interfering with the investigation and promoted Comey allies to refute Trump's account of events.

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