The firing drew a wave of criticism in large part because the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating whether election meddling by Russian Federation involved people in Trump’s presidential campaign.
Comey could testify during an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian Federation, meaning the president’s tweet could be seen as witness intimidation.
These reasons contradicted the White House’s assertions – and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey – that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey’s handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.
“I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate”.
WikiLeaks announced Friday it is prepared to pay $100,000 for any tapes of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump’s latest Twitter tirade also included attempts to address the conflicting statements that have been coming out of his administration, as well as shots at Democrats and the media.
Since then, a lot of controversy has surrounded the president’s decision.
When asked about his Friday morning tweet that Comey “better hope that there are no “tapes” of their conversations, Trump said, “Well, that I can’t talk about”.
Jeff Mason of Reuters, who is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, asked if Trump recorded his conversations with Comey.
The president’s advisers said this week that Trump fired Comey on Tuesday in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
In recent days, White House aides have given accounts of Mr. Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey that were later contradicted by the president himself.
A source close to Comey told NBC News that Comey “hopes there are tapes”.
But the president declined to say whether Spicer would continue in his position.
Speaking on an Air Force One flight to Lynchburg, Virginia, Mr Trump said: “I think the process is going to go quickly”. The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.