Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief over media leaks

The request comes in response to Trump's tweet Friday morning in which he stated that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"To date, there has been no evidence of collusion", Burr said.

The president and White House officials have also professed frustration with an investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, which Comey as FBI director was leading. On Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file.

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Clapper, appearing on on State of the Union, said that he had made his earlier claims based on information he had seen, which had not included information about an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation. Mr Trump said Mr Comey reassured him that he was not. "That's a question the president will have to answer", said Burr, chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "There's nothing further to add on that", he said. Capping a week in which Trump faced a slew of criticism for firing the man investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russia, Trump warned James Comey there could be retribution if he speaks to the press about their private conversations. He said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.

The other two times Trump said he asked Comey whether he was under investigation were in telephone conversations.

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Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Comey declined, instead offering "honesty".

The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision.

In an interview with NBC News, Trump also said he'd asked Comey point-blank if he was under investigation and was assured three times he was not.

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Rosenstein himself, as the Wall Street Journal reported, then went to White House counsel Don McGahn to ask for a correction to what he thought was "an inaccurate White House depiction of the events surrounding FBI Director James Comey's firing". "It just matters that the president is brushing up against these lines", said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas at Austin national security law professor. Shutting down news briefings, the association said in a statement, "would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the US system, no political figure is above being questioned".

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