Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, and former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers also met with Justice officials. "The president has nothing further to add on that", said Spicer. "The tweet speaks for itself", Spicer said. They said his firing has "the appearance - if not the reality - of interfering" with the FBI's ongoing probe into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russians to sway election results. Comey replied that he could not offer loyalty, but he could pledge his honesty. He also said that he had pressed Comey during a private dinner to tell him if he was under investigation.
Spicer denied on Friday that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty, insisting that the president simply "wants loyalty to this country and the rule of law".
Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors. "You have these tremendous - the level of hatred toward him, especially during that period of time with Hillary Clinton where he gave her a free ride", Trump said.
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration.
Trump's firing of Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House. "Another president, Jeannine, will sit in the Oval Office and do practically nothing all day".
"I don't know what to believe with this president", Congressman Eric Swalwell to Wolf Blitzer.
November 13, 2016: In a CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast after the election, Trump says he hasn't decided whether to keep Comey. "He's unsafe because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".
The FBI's Russian Federation probe is also looking into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. And he said he feared the world would no longer take Trump at his word.More news: G-7 Echoes Watered-Down Trade Language as Mnuchin Holds Firm
May 9, 2017: Trump abruptly fires Comey.
Calling Mr Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another congressional committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes.
Late Tuesday, White House officials insisted that Comey was ousted because of his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information previous year.
Andrew McCabe was the FBI's deputy director until he stepped up after the abrupt departure of his boss. He neither confirmed nor denied the existence of tapes of the conversation.
Previous presidents have made a public show of staying out of legal matters, so as not to appear to be injecting politics. In October, when Comey temporarily reopened the investigation, Trump praised the FBI chief for doing the right thing.
Conflicting stories have emerged this week from Trump and associates close to Comey over whether Trump had asked Comey if he was under investigation and over whether Comey had answered.
Rosenstein's memo, on the other hand, hit Comey for being unfair to Clinton by speaking to the press in July and broadcasting the FBI's decision to reopen the investigation in October.
"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.
The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey. -Former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "The White House called [Comey] out of the blue". Everybody knows that. You take a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago.