Trump on Comey 'tapes': 'I can't talk about that'

"We had a very nice dinner and at that time he told me you're not under investigation", Trump said. "I don't know if there was evidence of collusion or not, nor should I have".

The FBI has never had a female director.

Since tweeting out his statement on Comey's firing Tuesday night, he has only tweeted twice - once announcing that Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the White House, and once linking to an op-ed on the benefits of trade for America's farmers.

In an interview with NBC News, Trump also said he'd asked Comey point-blank if he was under investigation, showing no concern about the prospect of interfering in an active FBI probe.

Spicer first announced Comey's firing around 5:40 p.m.to any reporters who happened to be in the briefing room, before exiting with his staff into his office.

The controversy began this morning, when Trump again took aim at the investigation into his administration and its potential ties to Russian Federation, while blasting the "fake media" and its coverage of the issue.

Trump also says that he and Comey spoke multiple times over the course of his presidency so far, and he asked him if he was under investigation.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Comey on his own accord. "You didn't take it as disloyalty?" asked Holt, specifically about Comey denying that Trump was ever wiretapped. Officials interviewed by the Post said that while those cited in the letter questioned Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, they did not suggest he be fired.

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey. Personally. I'm not talking about campaigns.

"We don't think it's necessary", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"Our story is consistent", she said.

Unfazed, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted she had heard from "countless" members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who welcomed the president's decision.

Mr McCabe refused to respond to panel questions on the claim, saying: "I can't comment on any conversations the director may have had with the president".

He also specifically brought up the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. Trump called him out for 'spying, ' insisting that it's a 'big thing'. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, quickly pressed the White House to turn over any related information to congressional leaders.

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