Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

"I've asked, others have asked, to make sure the tapes are preserved, if they exist", Warner said.

The former director of the agency, James Comey, was sacked by Trump earlier this week in a stunning move that has raised questions about the underlying motivation.

The president spoke to NBC News anchor Lester Holt in the White House Thursday about Comey's firing.

The president also got in on the act of contradicting his own communications team's messaging, telling NBC News that had already made a decision to dismiss Comey when he met on Monday with the top two officials from the Justice Department. McCabe said that Comey's firing will not hinder it.

He also blamed the FBI's unfolding probe on Democrats who are still unhappy with the outcome of the 2016 election, then threatened an end to press briefings at the White House.

The president's advisers said this week that Mr Trump fired Mr Comey on Tuesday in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump's latest tweet alluding to the possibility of recordings further added to the heightened drama of the past two days as the White House tries to do damage control on the messaging surrounding Comey's firing.

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Mr Trump has repeatedly downplayed suspicions of Russian interference, and dismisses any notion of collusion with his team as "fake news". "We've going to get to the bottom of it".

"I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know am I under investigation?'" Mr Trump said, recounting one of three conversations about the issue - two over the phone and one over dinner.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the president.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" he tweeted. "It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply", Comey wrote. "I'm not talking about campaigns". The ousted director has told associates he was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with Trump just seven days after the January 20 inauguration, according to the paper.

"I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations", said the president.

Sanders again suggested that any Democrats critical of Trump's decision are hypocrites because they would have welcomed Comey's termination if it had come from a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is also a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air".

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