Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

Spicer Provides Little Information on Whether Trump Recorded FBI's Comey

Spicer Provides Little Info on Whether Trump Recorded Comey

As CNN reported, Comey's refusal to pledge loyalty is one of the reasons the President fired him, the other being the acceleration of the probe into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Not to mention Congress, which has its own investigations underway. The person was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording. But sources have told CNN that Trump's decision to ax Comey was made after he grew increasingly frustrated with him following a congressional hearing last week in which he said he was "mildly nauseous" over the idea that he helped sway the 2016 election.

FBI officials have questioned Trump's claims, and the agency' acting director, Andrew McCabe, on Thursday said such assurances about the scope of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation would not be "standard practice".

It was not clear when Comey would speak for himself. He declined an invitation to appear at a closed meeting of the Senate intelligence committee next week.

The White House wouldn't rule out, hours later, the possibility that the president's three known conversations with his then-FBI chief were recorded.

Former National Intelligence director James Clapper said Friday that Comey was uneasy about attending the dinner due to the "appearance of compromising the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is a hallowed tenet in our system".

Trump on Asking for Comey's Loyalty: 'I Didn't'
The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the President. May 2, 2017: Clinton again lays part of the blame for losing the election on Comey's October 28 letter.

In his short letter to Comey, Trump made a specific point of mentioning that he "appreciated" how the FBI told him three times he was not personally under investigation over Russian Federation.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely-disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton a year ago.

"In an interview with NBC News, President Trump admitted to firing FBI Director James Comey because of his investigation of the Trump campaign's Russian connections", Durbin said in a statement. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rosenstein has said he'd support an independent investigation into potential Trump-Russia collusion. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate".

White House officials said Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to replace Comey, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police commissioner Ray Kelly.

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