Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

"The president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law".

In an ominous warning, President Donald Trump declared Friday that fired FBI Director James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their private conversations. That Trump did indeed record those conversations and he might release audio to rebut whatever comments Comey might make?

A person close to Comey confirmed the New York Times report to the Associated Press that Trump asked for the pledge of loyalty at a dinner the two attended in January.

The White House Correspondents' Association was quick to respond, condemning the proposal and stressing the importance of press briefings. In a series of tweets published early Friday, Trump appeared to issue a thinly-veiled threat to former FBI Director James Comey while disparaging the media's coverage of the firing - which took place in the midst of the FBI's investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "The Republicans like him", Trump said of Rosenstein.

"No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview set to air in full on Saturday.

That explains why Trump demanded Comey's loyalty.

The White House said Mr Comey was sacked over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair, but Democrats have asked, if that is the case, why it took so long. 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.

"Let me repeat that the president has been told by the FBI director that he is not under FBI investigation, that is right in the president's letter", Conway said.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised doubt about Trump's assertion that Comey had assured him he was not under investigation.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, slammed the president after Friday's tweets, telling MSNBC that the president is "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed". Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office.

"In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story", Mr Trump said.

Donald Trump was reportedly unhappy with how his press team handled fallout from Tuesday's decision to fire Mr Comey, so he's taken things into his own hands.

Leaks from the White House disclose a president who lashes out at aides when news coverage churns beyond his control.

An individual familiar with Comey's thinking says the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is not anxious about the possible existence of any tapes from his meeting with President Trump.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in front of the committee on Thursday.

Quigley sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which is looking into whether Trump's associates coordinated with Russians to tamper with the presidential election.

It's a claim made of Comey that has many experts skeptical.

But this appeared to undermine earlier comments from administration officials that Mr Comey had been fired on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein.

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