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Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to 'leak' conversations

Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to 'leak' conversations

When Trump was pressed during a campaign conference last year about his ties to Russia, he said: "You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach", adding that "I sold it to a Russian for $100 million".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, told MSNBC that Congress would want to look at the tapes, if they exist.

It is also unusual for the FBI to go public with an investigation, especially during an election campaign. "The statements suggest [Comey] may have in fact been fired to bring about that result".

The president's stated reasons for firing Mr. Comey are flimsy at best, giving rise to feelings of déjà vu with the Watergate scandal of the 1970s involving President Richard Nixon's involvement in a burglary at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters and its cover-up.

In a recent interview, the president also claimed that Comey told him during a January dinner that he was not under investigation by the bureau. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

Citing unnamed White House officials on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the two were a poor match, and that Mr Trump did not like the increased media attention on Mr Comey.

Earlier Thursday, on Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's own rank-and-file.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!". Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rosenstein has said he'd support an independent investigation into potential Trump-Russia collusion.

The White House's explanations continued to crumble throughout the day Thursday.

"Jim Comey is a man of principle and integrity", U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-8) who represents Bucks and portions of Montgomery counties said.

Comey had angered Democrats over his handling of the probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey, a White House official said.

The associate with knowledge of the conversation says Friday that an account of the conversation in the New York Times is accurate. That's true at any time, and even more so when the FBI is investigating alleged collusion between the Russians and people associated with the Trump campaign.

"What it really means is, 'Can I count on you not to make me a target of this investigation, '" Mr Tribe said.

The fact Mr Comey had not publicly talked down links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was also a source of tension, the Journal reported.


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