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Trump threatens fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director with mention of "tapes"

19 May 2017

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!.", he wrote.

He wrote that "all future" White House briefings with reporters could be scrapped and replaced with written responses to questions.

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

White House press secretary Sean Spicer would neither confirm nor deny during Friday's press briefing that President Donald Trump has recorded audio of his private White House conversations, including his January dinner with ousted FBI Director James Comey.

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The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

Those people also describe him as deeply frustrated by what he views as unfair media coverage - irritation that emerged in a separate tweet in which he suggested he may shut down the regular press briefings at the White House.

Even before Trump's provocative tweet, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

Trump's tweets come after a week of multiple contradictions by his top aides and advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, who tried to explain the how and the why the president made a decision to sack Comey.

The interview was the first time Trump spoke to the press at length about the firing of Comey, after the White House had released mixed signals and narratives on the episode.

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President Donald Trump said Saturday he would act quickly to appoint a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director following his controversial dismissal earlier this week of James Comey - a move that was still reverberating around Washington.

Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his own staffers. Richard Burr of North Carolina, said on Friday.

He also said he would refrain from discussing the investigation with the White House, pledged to report to the committee any efforts to interfere in it and said the dismissal of the director would do nothing to impede the probe. They can make recommendations, but the president will ultimately make the hiring decision. It initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus, only to have that version undercut by Trump himself.

Clapper said his practice was always to defer to the FBI director "on whether, when and what to tell me about a counterintelligence investigation". During questioning, Clapper insisted that he was not aware of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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