The White House Can't Keep Its Story Straight On Comey's Firing

The White House has helped fuel this obsession, partly because it keeps shifting its explanation and justification for the move.

Trump's behaviour raises "the spectre of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps.

As it kept shifting explanations for how and why Comey was sacked, the White House at one point cited a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which laid out the argument against Comey without calling for his dismissal.

"I have talked to the President". All I want is for Comey to be honest. "It's very special, and I had all of my Republican friends, who frankly have been in politics all their lives and have done a great job - but I did", Trump said.

"No", Spicer said unequivocally. "He's simply stating a fact". Was he trying to intimidate Comey? Comey has not explicitly denied the account.

On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version.

Additionally, the New York Times reported Thursday that during that dinner, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty.

As the Comey firing came down on Tuesday afternoon, reports indicated the president believes that federal law enforcement officials at the the Department of Justice should be personally loyal to him, shining an even brighter spotlight on Congress' oversight role over the executive branch.

Mr Spicer said the president was a "little dismayed" that his press team's attempts to give out information were being turned into a "game of gotcha" by the media.

The remarks were significant as the Trump presidency is battling accusations that his 2016 presidential campaign had links with Russia and that the Russians tried to influence the November polls that brought Trump to the White House.

President Donald Trump told Jeanine Pirro that he thinks it is a "good idea" to not have press conferences, unless he does them himself every two weeks. Since Comey's dismissal, there had been conflicting accounts of their conversation.

TRUMP: No, I don't care.

Donald Trump was reportedly unhappy with how his press team handled fallout from Tuesday's decision to fire Mr Comey, so he's taken things into his own hands.

They said that they are also requesting "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President's decision to dismiss Director Comey" and asked that McGahn respond to them by May 25.

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017. Richard Burr have invited Comey to meet with their committee next week in a closed-door session but Comey declined.

The president has been concerned about leaks for some time.

That contradicted White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, who had said Comey was sacked on Rosenstein's recommendation. In a May 9 letter to Comey, Trump said the director had on three occasions assured him that he wasn't under investigation. "I wasn't there, but I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. They love what we're doing on health care.

In the letter, Trump said Comey told him he wasn't under investigation, but Comey testified that the FBI is probing the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation. "And in fact, when I just chose to do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". He promised he would tolerate no interference from the White House and would not provide the administration with updates on its progress. "He said, you are not under investigation", Trump said. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate".

In Friday's daily briefing, Mr Spicer refused to comment on questions about whether Mr Trump had been making surreptitious recordings in the White House.