However, Mr. Trump told NBC News Thursday he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey before he met with Rosenstein Monday.
Sanders attributed the disconnect in the week’s explanations to the fact that she had not directly asked Trump when he’d made the decision to fire Comey until shortly before Thursday’s press briefing.
He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, “for the sake of accuracy”. By Wednesday afternoon, the officials, like Trump, were saying he had in fact been considering ousting the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for months because of a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the agency.
Mason said the association “would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally protected principles”.
“As I’ve said for the third time, there’s nothing further to add to that”, Spicer responded.
Mr Spicer said he was “not aware of any recording” that may exist from Mr Trump and Mr Comey’s dinner.
The president tweeted, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!”
However, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, who serves as the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he believes Trump’s decision to fire Comey was not connected to the investigation. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election they should have won”. “The fake media is working overtime today!”
The ousted director himself is said to be confident that his own version of events will come out, possibly in an appearance before Congress, according to an associate who has been in touch with him since his firing Tuesday.
The lawyers did not release copies of Mr Trump’s tax returns, so they can not be independently verified.
Mr Trump has refused to release his income tax records, despite pressure from Democrats, breaking with a practice set by his predecessors.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a central figure in the ongoing controversy over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, agreed Friday to brief members of the Senate next week about Comey’s ouster.
“That exercise, conducted in full view of our republic’s citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment”, Mason said. He says it makes him “nauseous” to think he could have affected the election, but adds that Abedin had forwarded “hundreds and thousands of emails (to Weiner), some of which contain classified information”. But it did reflect some exceptions, including income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that was held in Moscow and a property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $US95 million ($129 million).
White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason said Friday that “doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the US system, no political figure is above being questioned”.
The letter was then provided to Senator Lindsey Graham. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
Sen. Graham leads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election. “I don’t have property in Russian Federation”.
The unnamed Russian billionaire cited by the Trump company’s lawyers is Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose financial empire springs from his companies’ production of potash, often used for fertiliser.