Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

Trump warns ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes'

Trump's tweet seems to stem from his frustration over the fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week. White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, said earlier in the week that Mr. Trump acted entirely on Rosenstein's recommendation when firing Comey.

This comes after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe took over for Comey's scheduled appearance to testify publicly about the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation on Thursday. In an interview on Thursday with NBC News, the president said Comey gave him this assurance during a dinner and in two phone conversations.

"The FBI has been in turmoil. I do know we're going to get to the bottom of this, regardless".

However, his characterisation was at odds with that of the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At a congressional hearing in March, Comey refused to answer a question from Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) as to whether or not Trump himself was under investigation by the FBI.

The potential successors are Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI Director; Alice Fisher, a defence lawyer who used to lead the department's criminal division; Michael Garcia, a NY state appeals court judge; and John Cornyn, a Republican senator from Texas.

FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. All the talk about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein's recommendation went up in flames when Trump said, "I was going to fire Comey".

"We don't have press conferences", said Trump. Comey declined, instead offering "honest".

Rosenstein has been on the job for only a few weeks, but his role in President Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has come under enormous scrutiny from Democrats on Capitol Hill. A little later, he said: "The tweet speaks for itself".

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In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. "He deserved more respect than that". The memos from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein say nothing about morale problems.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

Cornyn served as a judge on the Texas Supreme Court and worked as Texas attorney general from 1999 to 2002 before winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Trump has claimed that Comey told him on all three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was giving the commencement address at Liberty University.

Regarding Trump's possibly threatening tweet, Spicer insisted the president had merely stated "facts".

During his testimony, McCabe contradicted the White House's assertion that the President "and the rest of the FBI" had lost confidence in Comey.

We work very hard to get you the most accurate and up-to-date information throughout the day. And I hope he will be. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

Trump's advisers have repeatedly tried to downplay the Russia-election matter, with Sanders saying Wednesday the FBI was "doing a whole lot more than the Russian Federation investigation".

"When I made a decision to just 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 said. "The President has nothing further to add on that", said Spicer.

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