Trump Says Wants To Move Quickly To Nominate New FBI Director

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It's not clear yet whether Trump has any recordings of the conversation that took place. Dean HellerDean HellerVulnerable GOP senator heckled at Hispanic event GOP senator: Special prosecutor "on the table" The prepaid rule: A big loss for McConnell and Perdue, a big win for consumers MORE (R) said Friday he believes a special prosecutor should be appointed to look into links between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives if investigations now ongoing in the House and Senate encounter obstacles.

Trump told NBC's Lester Holt Thursday that Comey provided him during the dinner with an assurance that the president was not under investigation.

President Donald Trump on Friday ratcheted-up the rhetoric against fired FBI Director James Comey, issuing a warning via Twitter to Comey that he shouldn't leak information to the media. And Trump's question also makes more acute a conflict of interest that the FBI director has: the conflict between a duty to handle criminal investigations impartially (even an investigation that implicates or angers the president) and his personal desire to keep his job. "Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense".

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, US intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor. Russian Federation denies the claims.

The first line of Mr Trump's letter sacking Mr Comey refers to a memo written by Mr Rosenstein and says: "I have accepted their recommendation". The next day, Ms Sanders said the president asked Mr Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

Fired FBI director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told MSNBC on Friday he had spoken to Mr Comey before the dinner, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation head had said he was "uneasy" about it as it might compromise his inquiry.

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Comey again promised his "honesty", but did not pledge loyalty, the Times reported.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority.

"I think the president wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law", Spicer said during Friday's press briefing. "He's unsafe because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".

Spicer was asked multiple times during the daily White House briefing about the president's Friday morning tweet stating that, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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 ideal accuracy!"

Spicer's comments came as a response to Trump's eye-opening tweet from earlier Friday, which appeared to serve as a threat to Comey.

"In fact 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, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", the Republican president told NBC.