Trump on Asking for Comey's Loyalty: 'I Didn't'

Not 48 hours later, Trump told Holt: "What I did is, I was going to fire Comey". The dinner described by Mr Comey's associates came in the early days of the Trump administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Mr Trump's campaign.

"This is our job", Burr said.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump had pressed Comey for his loyalty in a January 27 dinner meeting, but that he only promised that "he would be honest with him always". Comey declined to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rosenstein could still address the full Senate.

When pressed about whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey or others, Spicer responded: "The president has nothing further to add on that".

The President has spoken out extensively about his treatment from the White House press corps.

The White House Correspondents Association objected to Trump's threat.

It was during a one-on-one dinner between Trump and Comey that Trump says he asked Comey if he could confirm he wasn't under investigation, which Comey did.

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The tweet came the morning after Trump asserted Comey had told him three times he wasn't under FBI investigation. "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. Mr Trump said Mr Comey reassured him that he was not. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if it's illegal or not". Trump's comments demonstrated his striking deviation from that practice. Indeed, during the campaign, Trump praised Comey for his announcement about Hillary's emails that darkened her chances for winning the election, and Trump said that Comey "showed guts" for having made his statement.

A briefing was nevertheless held Friday, and spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back against charges that the Republican billionaire president had threatened Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agreed to brief the full Senate next week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office announced Friday. But Rosenstein did not recommend that Comey be fired, noting that although Trump had the power to do so, "the decision should not be taken lightly". "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey".

Trump is reportedly considering whether to name an interim director from a group of current Bureau officials in the meantime.

Next, Trump said that "this thing with Russian Federation is a made-up story", nearly an explicit admission that Comey was sacked because Trump wanted an end to the FBI's investigation of Russia's interference in the U.

White House officials and others insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations and internal deliberations.

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