Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

Posted May 13, 2017

The US President has insisted Mr Comey, who he fired earlier this week, assured him at a dinner in January that he was not personally under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation before the election.

In an interview with NBC on Thursday, the president revealed that he had spoken with Comey multiple times about the Russian Federation investigation, including two phone calls and a dinner, before ultimately choosing to dismiss him.

WikiLeaks announced Friday it is prepared to pay $100,000 for any tapes of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election".

Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office.

He said there had been no attempt to impede the investigation and that he believed it would be unaffected by Mr Comey's departure. "Trump tweeted on Friday, preceded by his threats to cancel briefings ".Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", and that "the Russians did not affect the vote".

The Times said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the account, saying Trump would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty, only loyalty to our country and its great people".

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The daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has become central to the White House's changing, contradictory narrative about why Comey was sacked, as several of her statements about the incident have been called into question.

In a Friday morning tweet series, the president appears very much back on his heels and playing defense after setting off a firestorm in a Thursday NBC News interview.

As they ate, the president and Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Trump's rallies. A "source close to Comey" told NBC Friday the ousted FBI Director "hopes there are tapes".

In his interview with NBC, Mr. Trump said he didn't ask Mr. Comey to drop the investigation.

Trump asserted in the letter on Tuesday that Comey had told him three times that he was not a target - though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated unequivocally that the president's campaign and his associates are facing scrutiny.

The New York Times said Comey told associates he declined to make a pledge of loyalty to Trump when the president requested it while they dined just seven days after his inauguration. The president also threatened to cancel the century-old policy of daily White House press briefings if criticism of their accuracy continues. The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing. Reuters reporter Jeff Mason asked.

"I think anyone who is a serving officer in the government, and you're asked by the president to dinner, as a professional courtesy you're in a hard position to refuse to go", Clapper asserted.