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Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

"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. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" He also, like Nixon, has grown increasingly isolated in the White House, recently relying on only a small circle of family members and loyal advisers while livid about the West Wing's failing efforts to get ahead of the damaging Russian Federation story, according to several people close to Trump. "When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

Those Democrats, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of MI, also requested "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President's decision to dismiss Director Comey - a decision which the president declared yesterday he planned to make "regardless of [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's] recommendation" - and all discussions with Director Comey".

"I've talked to the president" about that tweet, Spicer said.

Democrats quickly seized on the dispute, demanding the White House turn over any tapes that might exist of the president's conversations with Comey. During questioning, Clapper insisted that he was not aware of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "I actually asked him, yes".

"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation", Trump said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. All I want is for Comey to be honest. "I'm not under investigation".

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Trump's top spokesman refused to comment on whether listening devices are active in the Oval Office or elsewhere, a non-denial that recalled the secretly taped conversations and telephone calls that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal. Trump also revealed that he had the Russian Federation investigation in mind when he fired Comey.

CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director could be named in the next week. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said. The FBI typically does not confirm their existence.

Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in former President George W. Bush's administration, was among those scheduled to be interviewed Saturday.

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