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Trump is said to be frustrated after reaction to Comey firing

20 May 2017

President Trump suggested on Twitter Friday morning there might be recordings of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired earlier this week, in an apparent attempt to caution Comey against "leaking to the press". He is Senate majority whip, making him the second-ranking Republican in the chamber.

President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year's election was on his mind when he dismissed the man overseeing the probe.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt in an interview this week that he "actually asked" Comey if he was under investigation.

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President Donald Trump on Friday floated an alternative to his press secretary's traditional daily press briefings: Himself. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

The president and White House officials have also professed frustration with an investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, which Comey as FBI director was leading.

"There are times you read a story where someone is trying to pull apart one word one sentence ... and make it a gotcha thing", Spicer added. Trump said in excerpts of an NBC News interview released Friday that Comey "should have never exonerated" Hillary Clinton.

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"I think the process is going to go quickly", he said, adding that the candidates under consideration were mostly well known. Others blow away long-established norms of presidential behavior, and experts say they approach limits of legally permissible conduct.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing that Trump did not demand Comey's loyalty.

"As the top legal officers in the states, and in many cases the top law enforcement officers, it's something in which we have experience, expertise, and deep concern", Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said to Newsweek.

In an interview with USA media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander". According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public.

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Democrats criticized Trump's comments with some requesting a copy of the recordings.