White House denies Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 20, 2017

Press secretary Sean Spicer is refuting that account during his daily briefing. And that's what we want for the FBI."Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey, who was leading the agency's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign".

Mr Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Mr Trump as president, that was now under assault and "eroding". "Another president, Jeannine, will sit in the Oval Office and do practically nothing all day".

Donald Trump warned his sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director not to talk to the press yesterday, in a morning Twitter tirade that painted a picture of a president under siege and lashing out.

On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a Comey-Trump dinner in January at which Trump asked for a pledge of loyalty.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president tweeted. Luttig clashed with the Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla.

Trump made the remarks to reporters prior to speaking to about 50,000 people at Liberty University in Lynchburg, where he did not mention Comey or the controversy his dismissal on Tuesday caused. "As I've said for the third time, I have nothing further to add on that". "No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump said.

The FBI is looking into Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any potential ties to Trump's campaign. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said.

In an interview with NBC News's Lester Holt on Thursday, the president said: "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation".

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected firing of Comey.

Late Tuesday, White House officials insisted that Comey was ousted because of his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information a year ago.

Rosenstein's memo, on the other hand, hit Comey for being unfair to Clinton by speaking to the press in July and broadcasting the FBI's decision to reopen the investigation in October.

But the motive of the firing is under question with speculation over whether Trump may have tried to interfere in an investigation into possibly his or his associate's ties with Russian Federation.

The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey.

"You never rule anything out", he said, according to Politico. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Pearson and Lemire reported from NY.

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