Clapper rebuts Trump: 'I don't know if there was collusion or not'

Acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe. Alex Wong Getty Images North America—AFP

Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump says his busy schedule makes it "not possible" for his staff to speak at the podium with "perfect accuracy".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017.Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???

Trump threatens fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director with mention of "tapes " The controversy over U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director continues to consume Washington, D.C. Defending his decision for a second day on social media, Trump created more questions as to his motives for sacking James Comey.

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Trump said.

Then she said that Comey's removal would hasten the investigation and the White House decision was shaped by it.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday said it would be "out of character" for former FBI Director James Comey to pledge his loyalty to President Trump.

Historians say presidents are believed to have stopped routinely recording visitors without their knowledge when the Oval Office recording system used by President Richard Nixon was exposed in 1973. Since late July, the FBI has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.

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James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

The former intelligence chief also dismissed Trump's assertion that the Russian Federation investigation is "fake news", and indirectly issued some advice to the White House to cooperate with the inquiry.

Mr McCabe said that Mr Comey enjoyed "broad support" from the rank and file.

In an earlier tweet, the president returned to one of his favorite subjects - the media.

In addition to blasting Comey, the president also took the opportunity to lash out at the press: "The fake media is working overtime today". Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private.

No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first global trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe.

The White House schedule for Friday lists a 1:30 p.m. ET briefing to be conducted by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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