Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

His latest flashpoint with media was over his press office's treatment of news of FBI Director James Comey's ouster.

"I might even lengthen out the investigation", Trump said.

White House spokesman Spicer on Friday also answered "no" to a question about whether Trump, at a January 27 White House dinner, had asked Comey to pledge loyalty to the president. "And I hope he will be", Trump said.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Friday he doesn't know whether evidence exists of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the presidential election, contradicting President Trump's tweeted claim that Clapper "and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt" said there is no collusion.

McCabe told lawmakers a counterintelligence investigation that a White House spokeswoman dismissed a day earlier as "one of the smallest things" on the FBI's plate was actually "highly significant".

Trump's administration has offered countless different accounts about the timeline of Comey's firing.

No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

"I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally - and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system", said James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.

White House press briefings are a chance to get clarification and make sense of things. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation.

Meanwhile, some details surrounding the president's firing of Comey have already begun to seep out, though as is so often true it seems to be a case of he said, the other he said.

Trump is acknowledging that White House briefings are full of misinformation, which requires reporters to spend their time comparing the statements of Trump's spokespeople to Trump's tweets. She pointed to the second page, which is filled with quotes from opinion pieces and news clippings about former Justice Department officials critiquing Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation.

But Trump says there's a reason for all the confusion.

Mr Trump insisted that, whatever the opinion of the attorney general and his deputy, he was "going to fire regardless of recommendation".

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against United States installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Trump made the comment in Washington, D.C., on May 11 in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, two days after he fired FBI Director James Comey. 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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