Trump won't say whether Spicer still has a job

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

In an interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, President Trump said he supports a full investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The president, Vice President Pence and administration spokespeople have offered a dizzying variety of reasons for Comey's ouster.

The White House has claimed Mr. Trump fired Comey because he lost the confidence of rank-and-file FBI employees and because of a Tuesday recommendation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"This is not going to end well for this administration", the former official said.

Those tweets were an apparent defense of deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose account of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey conflicted with his own.

The issue of "perfect accuracy"- like so many other topics - came up during the daily press briefing because Trump had tweeted about it earlier in the day.

Asked if Trump recorded conversations with Comey and if there are recording devices in the White House, Spicer did not give yes-or-no answers. Lohaus said presidents frequently face hard decisions and must allow alternative viewpoints. Now we learn that a president with at least some ties to Russian Federation asked the FBI director in charge of a possibly incriminating investigation whether he can count on his "loyalty" - then fires him when he doesn't get it. "He keeps a very robust schedule, as many of you are very well aware, as you can tell by the activities of next week alone", Spicer said, referring to the president's upcoming trip to the Middle East.

Earlier on Friday, President Trump reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign are "fabricated". "I think he is stirring the pot, as he has a habit of doing", Fleischer said in an interview Friday.

That meeting also sparked controversy, as it was closed to the US news media and the White House did not mention that Kislyak would attend.

Sen. Marco Rubio asked McCabe if Comey's firing had impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any investigation at the FBI.

Mr Comey's successor, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, said on Thursday that it remained "a highly significant investigation". However, Trump later clarified that he would have fired Comey even without Rosenstein's recommendation.

Separately, Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump's tweets had two purposes: to "threaten the FBI director he just fired in the middle of the Russian Federation investigation - and who may now be a witness;" and to justify conflicting stories that have come out of the White House.

"Obviously, I don't know what was actually said at the dinner".

US 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 favour.

"The President should immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading - and in this case threatening - statement", Schiff said in an emailed release.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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