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A timeline of events that led up to Comey's firing

15 May 2017

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

Krishnamoorthi concludes that if the tapes in fact exist, the White House should send the House Oversight Committee recordings of Trump's communications with Comey, as well as those with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (specifically those that were closed to the American press).

Everyone who went out to defend or explain Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey ended up looking like a liar once Donald Trump opened his big mouth.

"We don't have press conferences", the president said. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen.

For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by US President Richard Nixon's chief of staff almost 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded.

Mr Trump said in the interview that he never pressured Mr Comey into dropping the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, adding: "If Russia did anything, I want to know that".

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Administration sources told The Daily Beast that the FBI's associate deputy director, David Bowdich, could be pushed out after playing an important role in the ongoing investigation that forced Flynn's resignation. "And that process is being headed by the Department of Justice".

Whoever Trump picks to succeed him will need Senate confirmation. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

Trump's comments immediately evoked comparisons to former President Richard Nixon, who secretly taped conversations in the White House during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s. Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself.

Warner also said he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as unusual thoughts coming from his new boss.

The president took to Twitter early Friday to tell Comey to think twice, in case he's mulling whether to publicly contradict Trump's assertion that the now-former FBI director three times assured Trump he was not under investigation. "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.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gave a similar account of his conversation with Trump to a local radio station.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. "The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump".

Attorney general Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein will interview the four confirmed candidates at the justice department's headquarters in Washington, said an official with knowledge of the situation.

The first candidate to arrive for interviews was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.

-Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general.

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A timeline of events that led up to Comey's firing