President Trump talks media accuracy, warns Comey on Twitter

Virginia Carter
May 20, 2017

Trump sent out two tweets Friday that suggested he would cancel White House press briefings and instead hand out written statements to communicate with the public.

"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", he said.

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He was referring to Donald Trump's tweet Friday morning that warned: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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.

Press secretary Sean Spicer earlier said the president fired Comey because he was advised to do so, "based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions". "It was all him", Spicer told reporters. The White House denies that account. "That was a DOJ decision". He asked them to put that recommendation in writing.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

In this image provided by NBC News, President Donald Trump is interviewed by NBC's Lester Holt, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

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But the suggestion that Trump might have "tapes" of his conversations with Comey - especially in light of the president's own claims that President Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped - touched off a firestorm of controversy.

Later Spicer had to go out and face the White House press corps. "The president has nothing further to add on that", said Spicer. In this atmosphere, it's better for spokespersons to signal they are out of the loop.

Comey promised only that he could be honest, The New York Times reported. She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal. But in the future, Pence could see reason to backpedal his rhetoric in order to safeguard his reputation as a straight shooter. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. That's according to two people familiar with the search process who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump further revealed that the ongoing probe into questions of Russian influence on the 2016 election, which includes a look at the possibility that Moscow was coordinating with the Trump campaign, was one of the factors he considered before firing Comey.

In response to the media coming out and questioning the differences in the responses, President Trump threatened to take away press briefings and defended his administration.

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