Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

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There was a bit of head-scratching in Washington Friday afternoon when senators revealed that ousted FBI Director James Comey had declined an invitation to speak before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday.

The president spoke to NBC News anchor Lester Holt in the White House Thursday about Comey's firing.

While Mr Trump told NBC that the outgoing director had left the agency in "turmoil", Mr McCabe rejected any suggestion that Mr Comey had lost the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's rank and file.

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump assailed critics and the media over their response to Comey's ouster, and threatened to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.

"The FBI is one of our Nation's most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement", President Trump said in a statement.

Trump also said he had personally asked Comey whether he was under FBI investigation.

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Comey's people added that Comey was wary about dining with the president, but believed he couldn't turn him down.

Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said she has since had that conversation with Trump, and he laid out his decision-making process clearly. Shortly before Trump fired Comey, the president tweeted, "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

At first, the administration said that Mr Rosenstein "made the recommendation, the president made a swift and decisive action and let Comey go". Moscow has denied any such interference and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. "Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense".

Attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein will be interviewing the contenders over the next few days, with the final call to be Trump's.

"I think in many ways our institutions are under assault externally, and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system". Trump, these people said, was frustrated with Comey's testimony and the growing Russian Federation investigation scrutiny into his campaign. Trump's spokeswoman replied by saying she hadn't spoken to Trump about when he chose to fire Comey.