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Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to 'leak' conversations

Trump warns sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief not to 'leak' conversations

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", read the message.

"I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation", Trump said.

White House spokesman Spicer on Friday also answered "no" to a question about whether Trump, at a January 27 White House dinner, had asked Comey to pledge loyalty to the president.

Trump said in April he wouldn't fire Spicer because "that guy gets great ratings".

Trump's statements raised even more questions about his decision to fire the FBI director who was running an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russians seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election.

In his short letter to Comey, Trump made a specific point of mentioning that he "appreciated" how the FBI told him three times he was not personally under investigation over Russian Federation.

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.

When the White House's defense of the move failed to meet his ever-changing expectations, Trump tried to take over himself.

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In a series of early morning tweets, Trump assailed critics and the media over their response to Comey's ouster, and threatened to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.

Democrats quickly seized on the dispute, demanding the White House turn over any tapes that might exist of the president's conversations with Comey.

During his interview, President Trump also contradicted his own surrogates on how the decision was made to fire Mr Comey.

"The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump", Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the newspaper. Trump told NBC's Lester Holt Thursday that Comey provided him during the dinner with an assurance that the president was not under investigation.

At least six candidates to be the bureau's director were in line Saturday for the first interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters.

He refused to comment on what Comey did or didn't say, but when asked whether it would be common for an FBI director to notify someone they were not the target of an investigation, said "I'm not aware of that being a standard practice".

But Trump says there's a reason for all the confusion.

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against United States installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. They are acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher and Judge Michael J Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.