Trump warns Comey over media leaks

For the Trump White House, however, the briefing devolved this week into a guessing game for a staff struggling to speak on behalf of a president who spends much of his time airing thoughts - on Twitter and in interviews - that directly contradict them.

"It's ultimately going to be his decision to hire someone or to fire someone", said Spicer on Trump's decision to fire Comey.

"White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the USA government", the association's president, Jeff Mason, said in a statement. "I think it's a good idea". Meantime, Spicer denies that Trump asked Comey during a dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president. In 2015, McCabe's wife ran for a State Senate in Virginia as a Democrat, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said McCabe played no role in her campaign, the New York Times reported.

Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating, and Republicans control both chambers.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" the president tweeted. "If someone is at all involved in an investigation, even as a witness, or in some other role, nobody in the FBI should be briefing them about the case". Saudi Arabia readied a plan to invest as much as $40 billion of its sovereign wealth in USA infrastructure projects.

Trump and his aides frequently express frustration with continued coverage of the investigation into Russian election meddling and the firing of Comey. Not even Vice President Mike Pence was spared the embarrassment of having told a version of events that was later discredited by Trump.

During a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president appeared to imply that there are tapes of his private conversations with Comey, who Trump fired earlier this week. "I said, "If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?" One of those conversations was over dinner.

Trump said, "This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story".

In an interview with NBC on Thursday, Trump also revealed that he had asked Comey on three occasions whether he was personally under investigation.

Clapper also found himself a subject of Trump's tweets on Friday, when the president mis-characterized his testimony at a May 8 congressional hearing.

Trump was referring to past statements by Clapper in which the former DNI said he had not seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Spicer couldn't explain the discrepancies between his own comments and Trump's on Friday, refusing to offer a timeline when a Time reporter and the Daily News pressed him on how he'd wound up misrepresenting his boss' views Tuesday night.

In a separate development, the Associated Press is reporting that Trump's lawyers have released a letter saying a review of his tax returns over the past 10 years did not show "any income of any type from Russian sources", with two major exceptions. Trump's firing of Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House.

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