Spicer declines to answer whether Pres. Trump records Oval Office conversations

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump. "Comey refused, saying he could not make such a pledge, but he promised to always be honest with the President".

His veiled threat was likely to add to the storm roiling Washington over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

Two White House officials said some of Trump's frustration centers on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey's firing.

"I think the President wants loyalty to his country and to the rule of law", Spicer said.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", Trump said in his tweet, a medium which he uses quite often.

The lawyers did not release copies of Trump's tax returns so The Associated Press can not independently verify their conclusions.

Pic: ReutersWASHINGTON/LYNCHBURG, VA.: President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will move quickly to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, after he sparked a political firestorm by firing the man investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

"Under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the President", the letter stated. "However...we are compelled to ask whether any such recordings do in fact exist".

During a press briefing, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked, "Isn't it true that the president had already chose to fire James Comey, and he asked the Justice Department to put together the rationale for that firing?"

Trump has revealed he asked Comey on three occasions whether he was a target in a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, stoking allegations of presidential interference.

Trump said in a recent interview that Comey told him once over dinner and twice by telephone that he isn't under investigation. "The more that a broken system tells you that you're wrong, the more certain you should be that you must keep pushing ahead". In his interview with the president, NBC's Lester Holt asked of he was anxious about the optics of Mr. Comey's firing and his meeting with the Russian foreign minister.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally. 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 rank-and-file. Not even Vice President Mike Pence was spared the embarrassment of having told a version of events that was later discredited by Trump.

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

"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation", Trump said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. He has failed to do so, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said it won't happen.

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