Trump demanded loyalty pledge from Comey, say sources

"Make no mistake: The president has every right in his job to pick the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to trust the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The briefing began with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster discussing the president's upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe, despite threats from President Trump earlier in the day threatening to cancel press briefings in the face of fallout from Comey's dismissal. But what the Post reported - confirmed by The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, and BuzzFeed, one of whose sources said Trump's disclosure is "far worse than what has already been reported" - is that Trump "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State" by sharing details Russian Federation could use "to help identify the us ally or intelligence capability involved". The president didn't even know the Justice Department was considering Comey's ouster, Spicer said, until Rosenstein sent a memo recommending it (with the approval of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had supposedly recused himself from the whole affair).

A New York Times report - one that may have inspired Friday's tweet - said Comey declined to make such a pledge. But on Friday, before a tour of the Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant, Burr said that, as things stand, Trump apparently was not involved with Russia's attempt to influence the results of the election. Mr Trump said Mr Comey reassured him that he was not. The request comes in response to Trump's tweet Friday morning in which he stated that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Two top Democrats are demanding that the White House turn over any recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

Presidential calls with foreign leaders are sometimes recorded and logged by White House staff and the White House phone system has the capacity to record calls at the President's request. "The tweet speaks for itself", Spicer said.

Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Asking such a question "would come close to bribery... or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would've had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought", Tribe said.

He also said that his March 5 statement to Meet the Press that he had not seen any evidence of collusion had been made before former FBI Director James Comey had testified to Congress about the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

It was during a one-on-one dinner between Trump and Comey that Trump says he asked Comey if he could confirm he wasn't under investigation, which Comey did. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as odd thoughts coming from his new boss.

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