Spicer: Trump's threatening Comey tweet was 'not a threat'

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room amid the continuing collapse of official versions of the story James Comey's firing

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The warning appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of events, the administration might produce tapes of conversations to counter that, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.

While Democrats continue to decry the timing of Comey's firing was a way to short-circuit the ongoing counterintelligence probe, Trump tweeted that is is all politics: "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".

Fox News also was told that Comey had asked for more resources - however, sources said he discussed that issue with lawmakers.

In this case, Republicans are hoping Trump will soon name a new FBI director who's respected by members of both parties, and that congressional investigations into Russian meddling will proceed.

When Mason asked if the president recorded the conversations he had with Comey, and we're assuming that means the January 27 dinner when Trump asked the then Federal Bureau of Investigation director to kiss the ring, Spicer didn't deny it. 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.

"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, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump told Holt during the interview. During the dinner, the president asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to pledge loyalty to him, the Times reported.

According to Comey's account to associates, Trump was not satisfied with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's answer and told him again later in the dinner that he needed Comey's loyalty, the Times reported. In his Friday morning Twitter rant, President Trump insisted that his "surrogates" can't be expected to be 100 percent accurate. "He's risky because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".

Mediaite.com said, "in response to Trump's threatening "tapes" tweet, someone close to Comey responded by saying he "hopes" there are tapes".

"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 tweet speaks for itself", Spicer said. "During the campaign, Mr. Trump's aides told reporters that they feared their offices were bugged and that they were careful about what they said".

After returning early from his monthly naval reserve assignment, Sean Spicer looked unusually well rested, especially considering that Politico posited that Friday's briefing could be his last given how the president had taken a shine to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 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. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.

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