Trump fuels the need for a Russia probe | Farmer

Comey confirms FBI investigating Russia

Trump fuels the need for a Russia probe | Farmer

The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying man who had been leading a probe into Russia's alleged meddling in November polls "was not up to the task".

President Trump tweeted Friday that "Comey had better hope there are no tapes of our conversations", and Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to answer press questions about whether there are recording devices in the White House.

"President Donald Trump is considering making changes to his communications team, which he blames for failing to contain the controversy surrounding his firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to multiple administration officials", the journal reported.

In that same NBC interview, the president said he had chose to fire Comey because he was a "showboat" and a "grandstander" and also because "this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story", a reference to the FBI's ongoing investigation into the Russian government's campaign of cyberattacks directed at last year's presidential election as well as into possible ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe, but in the interview with NBC News on Thursday, Trump said he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

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At the beginning, Trump's aides said Comey's firing came at the suggestion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, but by Wednesday the word was that Trump had been considering firing Comey for a long time, and made the final determination after hearing from Sessions and Rosenstein. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless. Comey declined, instead offering "honest". "Because I can't trust that what I say to the president isn't going to be misconstrued and used against me because I don't do what he wants".

"My conversation with the president was, 'Why now?' And his conversation was, when Rosenstein came in, his new boss came in, sat down with him, he made the recommendation back to Trump and they fired him", Lankford said in an interview with The Post on Thursday.

"He's doing a good job, but he gets beat up", Trump said.

Sanders faced backlash from the press Thursday during her briefing.

"I have enormous respect for Jim Comey and I believe at the appropriate time and place, he will tell his side of the story", Warner continued.

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Durbin said Trump's tweet on Friday "could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law".

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

According to the New York Times, another wrinkle is that Trump has grown pretty tired of Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, and some of that ire is trickling down to Priebus' allies like Spicer.

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

The president tweeted, "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election". If so, we request copies of all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter'.

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