Eventually Trump asked Comey for "honest loyalty", and Comey replied that he would give that to Trump.
"The FBI is America's pre-eminent law enforcement agency". Trump said Monday the selection process for a nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director was "moving rapidly". Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes. If they exist, Congress needs to get them.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have clouded Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.
Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election.
President Trump was given letters by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mr Sessions' deputy, Rod J Rosenstein, outlining what they saw as failures in Mr Comey's time in office.
The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision.
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More than 1,800 others have died in drug-related incidents, while over 5,700 other violent deaths are under investigation. Since he took office in June, police have reported killing about 2,700 suspected drug users and traffickers.
Trump told Fox News in an interview he did not think an independent probe was necessary. "The statements suggest [Comey] may have in fact been fired to bring about that result". An official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors at some point.
Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.
Spicer refused to confirm or deny whether Trump had recordings of Comey, despite being asked several times.
The FBI is probing Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any possible ties to Trump's campaign. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.
President Donald Trump threatened Friday morning to end White House press briefings, arguing that "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!".
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The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was shooting out the window at the agents. She told CCSO that her father had medical issues and had guns and alcohol with him.
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.
The Russians used the photos to troll the White House in its social media posts Wednesday.
"I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken", Mr Rosenstein goes on to say.
Trump told Fox News he was surprised by the fierce reaction of Democrats. The Democrats know they are fabricating this whole thing, but they figure this is the best way they can thwart Trump's efforts to move the country forward and out of the multiple quagmires Obama landed this country in.
Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked. 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.
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