House Oversight Committee member calls Trump's bluff on the Comey "tapes"

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- As commentators on cable TV called President Trump firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey an abuse of power, the president was startled and infuriated by how his action was being received, according to a person with knowledge of his reaction.

If any such tapes exist, the problem is that, because of suspected collusion between WikiLeaks and the Kremlin, the tapes may never be heard - at least not on this side of the Atlantic.

Trump has claimed that Comey informed him three times that he was not personally being investigated as part of the FBI's probe.

In an interview today, the President said he was planning to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation that came from the Attorney General's office, which contradicts statements made yesterday by the white house and by Vice President Pence. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

Sanders also said that she does not think Comey's firing will have any affect on the ongoing investigations.

As in Friday's briefing, Spicer refused to commit when asked if the White House would keep the daily briefing. The next day, Ms Sanders said the president asked Mr Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

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"Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself, we won't have them".

"We don't have press conferences", said Trump.

"And that's not Sean's fault, that's the fault of the president of the United States, who needs to empower his press secretary and his spokespeople to understand what he's thinking and be able to accurately relate it to the world".

"This has nothing to do with Russian Federation", she said.

"As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!.", Trump said in a series of tweets as he defended his spokespersons, who in the past few days have been seen quite often contradicting multiple times. "They really don't. I'm not saying that in a bragging way".

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said: "Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the United States system, no political figure is above being questioned".

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