Trump is reportedly considering a massive White House shakeup

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

That ran counter to previous administration explanations of Comey's dismissal, underlining the White House's difficulty in settling on a story.

The US president lashed out at Comey on Friday, tweeting that he 'better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'

The beginning of Trump's latest tweet-storm had him addressing the media and toying with the idea of doing away with press briefings altogether. Or was it merely a button-pushing claim launched over frustration at news coverage of the controversy. Trump calls Comey over to where he is standing in the Blue Room to offer a handshake and a partial hug, then comments that Comey has "become more famous than me". Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times.

White House officials and others insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations and internal deliberations. Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was back behind the podium Friday after Sarah Huckabee Sanders subbed for him for two days, has been the subject of memorable lampoons by comic Melissa McCarthy on "Saturday Night Live".

"No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview set to air in full on Saturday.

Politico's Austin Wright reports that Comey has declined the invitation, citing committee aides. Sen.

"I was going to fire regardless of (their) recommendation", Trump said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, calling Comey a "showboat" and "grandstander" who led the agency into turmoil.

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"Even that is possible", he told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.

But it quickly became clear that the president had been stewing for days over the Russian Federation investigation and Comey's refusal to defend him in appearances before lawmakers.

Regardless, Trump seems to be considering a sweeping shakeup of his West Wing staff in the wake of the media firestorm that followed his abrupt decision to fire Comey - the man who was overseeing an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. But he also said, "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won". Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready".

July 5, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls the FBI's decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged". Comey went down fighting to maintain control of the Trump campaign investigation, and the FBI's new acting director, Andrew McCabe, appears just as determined and independent-minded as Comey.

When he fired Comey earlier this week, Trump garnered comparisons to President Richard Nixon and his infamous decision to remove the special prosecutor investigating Watergate crimes in 1973.

- Andrew McCabe, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former state attorney general.

Pearson and Lemire reported from NY.

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