In tweet, Trump suggests canceling all White House press briefings

In tweet, Trump suggests canceling all White House press briefings

One person close to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director told the network that Comey had shown considerable restraint when Trump questioned his competence and called him a "showboat".

The 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.

"I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", said McCabe, who called it the "greatest privilege and honor in my professional life to work with him".

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that Trump pressed Comey for a pledge of loyalty over dinner only a week after his inauguration, according to an account by two associates of the lawman. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said. 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. In an interview on Thursday with NBC News, the president said Comey gave him this assurance during a dinner and in two phone conversations.

"I actually asked him, yes". I hope you won't either.

Trump said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he made the decision to fire Comey, and said he wants a thorough investigation into Russia's behaviour during the election. "It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply". Personally. I'm not talking about campaigns.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

Trump sent Comey a letter Tuesday firing him. The FBI typically does not confirm their existence.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have questioned Trump's claims.

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Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the United States top cop would stay in his role and continue his ten-year term. "I don't see it as a conflict of interest", Sanders said.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was thinking about the investigation into his campaign's possible coordination with Russian Federation when he fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander".

Critics have assailed Trump for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief at a time when the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign.

The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations have hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threaten to overwhelm his policy priorities.

"You can not stop the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing the right thing", he declared.

In the NBC interview, Trump derided Comey as a "showboat" and "grandstander" and said Comey had left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in "virtual turmoil". Comey, he added, "enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day".

Echoing a widely-held view in opposition ranks, the senior Democrat on the Senate committee, John Warner, called the timing of Comey's dismissal "especially troubling".

McCabe gave no information on the status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, which dates back to July a year ago when the agency became aware of alleged Russian hacking of Democratic party computers and communications.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also responded to media reports questioning the credibility of White House statements on the Comey firing, which have changed over the course of the week.

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