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Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over media leaks

20 May 2017

President Donald Trump warned ousted FBI Director James Comey on Friday against talking to the media, suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account. It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.A White House official has said Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey.

"Nixon didn't get into this degree of trouble until deep into his presidency, four years", Dean said of his former boss - the only other commander-in-chief to fire someone leading a probe into his own affairs. "That's not a threat". He simply stated a fact.

Trump addressed questions over the timing in his interview with Pirro, arguing that there was "no right time" to fire Comey.

"That I can't talk about".

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Under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the President.

Following Comey's firing, the Trump administration has gone on the defense saying the president did it based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Trump shattered that explanation himself on Thursday when he said he had always meant to fire Comey and that his decision was linked to the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Durbin, on "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, suggested that the president's move to fire Comey amid its Trump-Russia investigation was "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice". Trump said Comey asked that Trump keep him on as FBI director, and told the president on three occasions that he was not under investigation as part of the FBI's inquiry into Russian election interference. "As I've said for the third time, I have nothing further to add on that". "And I don't even know that many people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "I wasn't there, but I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Rosenstein has told officials he was unhappy with the manner in which the Comey firing took place. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said. "Unsafe because he may be obstructing justice, in terms of the investigation that really goes to the heart of our democracy -the accountability of the President, and the people around him, to the rule of law - protecting our democracy from an invasion - a cyber-invasion by the Russians", he said.

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Since Tuesday, the White House has given conflicting explanations for Comey's dismissal.

"You never rule anything out", he said, according to Politico. "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", McCabe said.

Trump went on to slam Democrats as "hypocrites" due to their previous condemnations of Comey and his handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Democrats have argued that everything about Comey's firing was unorthodox, from the way he was informed to the timing itself. He has agreed to brief the full Senate next week. "I think it's a good idea", Trump told Fox News in an interview.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia and Sen.

Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over media leaks