Trump warns Comey not to 'leak' conversations

White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds a press briefing at the White House

Members of Congress are demanding answers from U.S. President Donald Trump after he suggested in a tweet that there could be "tapes" of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Clapper testified before the Senate with Sally Yates this week, and Trump has been highlighting the moment where the former Director of National intelligence said he hasn't seen evidence of Russia-Trump campaign collusion during the 2016 election.

Trump, in an interview Thursday with NBC, said he had been intending to fire Comey for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Trump also reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government are "fabricated".

Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether Russian Federation was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

He added: "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" He tweets regularly about "fake news", and he pointedly skipped the annual White House correspondents' dinner in late April that presidents nearly always attend. He also took credit for the numbers, making his cancellation threat sound more like gas-baggery.

A letter from Rosenstein critical of Comey was then cited by Trump as recommendation for Comey's dismissal.

"Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?" one reporter asked. Repeatedly, Spicer said he had "nothing further to add on that". "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally". Trump also gave further details of his account that Comey informed him three times that he was not under investigation.

"I think, in my opinion, the Trump administration is falling into a downward spiral, into an abyss that is frightening to say the least". Trump wrote. The New York Times and the Washington Post covered Trump's tweets. "My decision", he said, contradicting earlier statements put out by his White House.

Mr Trump has insisted Mr Comey told him that he was not under investigation. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told reporters here Friday that he has no regrets about supporting President Donald Trump's campaign and that Trump is acting within the bounds of the executive branch as he decides who should head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.

"It's not my place to say I agree or disagree", Christie said, according to NJ.com, when asked about Comey's firing.

In a pair of tweets on Friday morning he said the reason his surrogates are having a hard time is that he is a "very active President with lots of things happening".

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