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


"There was no evidence that rose to that level, at that time, that found its way in to the intelligence community assessment, which we had pretty high confidence in", the former director of national intelligence said of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russians, referring also to the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia tried to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump. According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer didn't comment when asked whether Trump recorded Comey or if recording equipment exists in the Oval Office. "I won't talk about that", Trump said.

The tweet seemed to reference the New York Times report that Comey declined to pledge his loyalty to Trump during a dinner in January.

On Friday morning, the President had tweeted, "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

After Trump chose to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat past year.

At the RNC meeting, Kris Warner, a West Virginia committeeman, predicted that Comey's successor will put to rest any voter misgivings about Trump's handling of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, holding up the president's selection of Neil Gorsuch for a long-vacant seat on the Supreme Court as an example.

Finally, someone in the White House ought to be thinking about Trump's poll numbers and his agenda.

The White House has since struggled to justify Comey's ouster, with Trump on Thursday undercutting the White House's explanation that he fired Comey because of a recommendation from top Justice Department officials.

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"Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the US system, no political figure is above being questioned", he said.

Dirk Haire, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, said every president brings a new style.

Trump, in an NBC interview on Thursday, said that he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months and that it had nothing to do with an investigation into potential ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

Trump, who has been preparing for his first foreign trip - one that will take him to the Middle East and Europe - also will deliver the commencement address to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

"In light of the varied and divergent statements from the White House press briefing room regarding the firing of both former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the former FBI Director James Comey, the production of such tapes would allow the facts of these terminations to come to light", Krishnamoorthi wrote in a letter to White House last morning. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate".

Speaking to reporters on board Air Force One, he said "We can make a fast decision". GOP Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general, also interviewed.