Trump threatens to cancel briefings; Spicer back at podium

Jackie Newman
May 18, 2017

In the initial moments after Comey's firing, Trump's press secretary, deputy press secretary and Vice President Mike Pence all said Trump's decision was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The candidate nominated to succeed Comey must be someone who will be supported by Democratic and Republican senators alike.

But in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt aired on Thursday, Trump said - surprise! - that he had chose to fire Comey before Rosenstein weighed in with his criticism.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, and the president said in an NBC News exclusive interview on Thursday that he had been planning to do so regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended.

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

On Friday, Trump tweeted, "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the president would fill the job "as soon as he finds a candidate that fits the qualities that he feels are necessary".

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the reason for the differing accounts was "pretty simple".

"Listen, I don't have the foggiest whether there are tapes are not, but the fact that the president made allusions to that and then the White House would not confirm or deny, it is not anything we have seen in recent days", Warner told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mr Comey said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty.

Comey could testify during an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, meaning the president's tweet could be seen as witness intimidation.

They are acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and GOP Sen.

Fox News quoted a government source as saying they were moving "quickly and expeditiously" to find a replacement, adding: "We're doing our due diligence - we are not going to cut any corners".

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

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