Trump threatens Comey and the media in a tirade of tweets

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

On Twitter, Trump appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of contacts between them, the administration might produce tapes of conversations, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.

Comey showed bad judgment in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, but his reputation for basic honesty is light years beyond Trump's, and he has a lot of friends who will continue going to bat for him.

In an interview with Fox News Friday, Trump declined to comment on whether he has listening devices in the White House.

Perhaps the White House has a different definition of the word "threat" than literally everyone else in the English-speaking world.

"You can't be cute about tapes". "In fact, when I made a decision 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", Trump told NBC.

Trump sparked a political firestorm when he abruptly fired Comey last week.

His removal was perceived as a blow to the independence of the bureau's ongoing investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Trump would not directly answer questions about whether Spicer, who was out two days because of Naval Reserve duty, would remain in his job.

"I was going to fire regardless of (their) recommendation", Trump said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, calling Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander" who led the agency into turmoil.

President Trump is threatening to cancel the White House press briefing and seems reluctant to commit to keeping Sean Spicer as White House press secretary.

The New York Times reported the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him and that Comey refused to do so.

Russian officials have denied the country meddled in the U.S. election and while Trump's defenders acknowledge that he seeks improved relations with Moscow, they insist his goals are designed entirely to advance United States interests. "Congressional investigators should certainly subpoena Trump-Comey tapes".

Russian Federation has denied the claims and the White House says there was no collusion.

That coverage of the Comey story prompted the Friday tweet storm from the president, who also continued to loudly deny that he or his team had anything to do with Russia's hacking Democrats during the 2016 election.

"The lesson for presidents since Nixon was, do not tape your Oval Office conversations", said Timothy Naftali, a professor at New York University and the first federal director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.

Attorney Alice Fisher arrives at the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation.

Meanwhile, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday found that 29 percent of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, while 38 percent disapprove. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey.

"The key is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us", Schumer said.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation". He said appointing a special prosecutor at this stage in the inquiry would only slow things down.

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