Sean Spicer Denies Trump Tweet Was a Threat to James Comey

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The FBI is looking into Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any potential ties to Trump's campaign.

Clapper made clear that Comey was uncomfortable since "he had been invited to the White House to have dinner with the president, and that he was uneasy with that because of even compromising the - even the optics, the appearance of independence, not only of him, but of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Additionally, the New York Times reported Thursday that during that dinner, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people".

However later in the day the US House Democrats have demanded that the White House hand over to the Congress the tapes of the January dinner between US President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

In April of this year, Trump told a reporter that while Comey was "very good" to Clinton, he had confidence in the Director.

"No", Spicer said unequivocally. The White House press secretary will head to the briefing room and once again try to turn the sow's ear of this presidency into a silk purse. Trump tweeted, leading to a flurry of concerns over whether the President would have taken the extraordinary step of surveilling his own Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will hold a closed-door briefing with the Senate next week in the wake of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"The White House Correspondents' Association would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally-protected principles".

If anyone were to have recorded the conversations between the President and FBI Director James Comey, as Trump has suggested, it would have been the commander-in-chief himself, numerous experts said Friday - but it's probably just a bluff anyway. "Then he gets to the end and he said she's free as a bird", Trump said. Trump suggested. Again, Trump brought the issue back to Russian Federation, referencing a former head of intelligence's assertion that Trump was, to his knowledge, not colluding with Moscow.

The former Justice Department attorneys and FBI agents that TPM spoke with all expressed concern that the mere suggestion Trump asked Comey about the investigation could wreak havoc going forward.

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said: "Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the United States system, no political figure is above being questioned".

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Warner would not say if he has confidence in Rosenstein to oversee the Russian Federation investigation - and he had a blunt warning to Rosenstein if he does not appoint a special prosecutor.

Comey will not appear, as previously scheduled, at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday. GOP Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general, also interviewed. When would Trump fire Comey if this was the case?

Meanwhile, Reuters regarded Donald Trump's tweet as a "warning to ousted FBI Director James Comey not to talk to the media, a highly unusual move that prompted fresh charges the president is trying to silence the man who led an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation".

Reportedly, Trump had sought assurances of loyalty from Comey, which Comey rightly refused to give.

Others under consideration include Michael Luttig, executive vice president of Boeing and a former federal appellate court judge; Michael Garcia, a NY state Court of Appeals associate judge; John Suthers, mayor of Colorado Springs, Colo., Paul Abbate, an FBI executive assistant director; and McCabe, the acting director, the official said.