Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

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Soon after Trump's tweets, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., requested that White House Counsel Donald McGahn turn over any recordings of the president's conversations with Comey to the House Oversight Committee. "He's scared, and I think he's trying to bully Comey". "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally". The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"Even that is possible", Trump said.

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the tweet briefly during his first press briefing since Comey's firing on Tuesday.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially", he said of the candidates, describing them as "very well-known, highly respected, really talented people", before adding: "And that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation". John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general.

Rogers is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

"Nixon didn't get into this degree of trouble until deep into his presidency, four years", Dean said of his former boss - the only other commander-in-chief to fire someone leading a probe into his own affairs. "We need to understand the true nature of the events that led up to director Comey's dismissal", Schumer said Thursday. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

A California Democrat explained live on CNN the trouble with believing anything said by President Donald Trump. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as unusual thoughts coming from his new boss.

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James Clapper, who retired in January as director of national intelligence, told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Comey told him on the night of the dinner the president had invited him - and he was uneasy about it.

May 11, 2017: Trump, in an NBC interview, says he had been intending to fire Comey — whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" — for months.

Talking to reporters at the state Republican convention, Johnson declined to say whether there should an investigation into the possibility of there being "tapes" of the conversations, saying it was a "hypothetical". "The president has nothing further to add on that", said Spicer.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. So far 14 people - lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

At the beginning, Trump's aides said Comey's firing came at the suggestion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, but by Wednesday the word was that Trump had been considering firing Comey for a long time, and made the final determination after hearing from Sessions and Rosenstein.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that Rosenstein should recuse himself from the investigation.

"No", Rosenstein said, adding he is "not quitting".

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