Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'

Posted May 19, 2017

Law professor Jonathan Turley, who expressed skepticism of a crime committed by President Trump earlier this week, said on Morning Joe Friday morning that the kerfuffle surrounding the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey is a "cover-up in search of a crime".

Mr Trump said it was "possible" he could name someone by Friday, before he leaves for his first foreign trip.

As he later met with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the White House, Mr Trump was asked by reporters why he fired Mr Comey, responding: "He wasn't doing a good job, very simply."

"They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people".

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Trump told NBC News that Comey had asked for the meeting because he wanted to stay on as FBI Director. He is Senate majority whip, making him the second-ranking Republican in the chamber.

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Trump made the tweet shortly after The New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, reported that Comey believed he was sacked partly because of his refusal to pledge his loyalty to the president.

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Comey has not confirmed Trump's account. Trump wrote. The New York Times and the Washington Post covered Trump's tweets. Trump, however, told NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday that he was considering firing Comey for a long time, and he would have fired Comey regardless of the DOJ's recommendation.

The former FBI director had been leading the agency's investigation into the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials. In July, Comey said in a press conference that he would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton.

The acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that President Donald Trump's claim that the rank and file of the FBI did not have confidence in James Comey was "not accurate".

All along, his spokesmen have maintained that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation that was being overseen by Comey.

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