Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Sean Spicer Rebuts Report that Trump Asked Comey to Pledge His Loyalty


On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a Comey-Trump dinner in January at which Trump asked for a pledge of loyalty, The Associated Press reported.

The Trump Administration is wasting no time in naming Comey's replacement.

The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticising Mr Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Mr Trump's decision.

The White House said Trump declined to comment further on the suggestion of recordings of the conversations, and Spicer denied that the tweet was a threat to Comey.

"He's simply stated a fact", Spicer said. "The tweet speaks for itself".

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Though the White House initially said that Comey's removal had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, Trump later told NBC News' Lester Holt that the investigation was a factor in his decision. And Trump's public statements in an interview on Thursday indicated he had several reasons for firing Comey.

A political firestorm has engulfed Washington since Trump's sacking of FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russian Federation. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said.

How many times does he have to say it?

Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed Comey. Trump wrote. The New York Times and the Washington Post covered Trump's tweets. "I was going to fire Comey, my decision", Trump told Holt. The dinner described by Mr Comey's associates came in the early days of the Trump administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Mr Trump's campaign.

Tuesday: "This has nothing to do with Russia", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told CNN.

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The Tories say, for example, that they plan to spend a minimum of £8bn on the NHS. And they look to their government for help and support.


On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation. "But very well-known, highly respected, really talented people and that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said Trump.

The highly unusual dismissal has faced mounting questions after several White House rationales for Comey's ouster were publicly contradicted by the FBI's acting director during congressional testimony on Thursday. He also suggested accuracy might be improved by handing out written responses rather than holding press briefings.

In a letter released to the press on Friday afternoon, two top congressional Democrats, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of MI, asked the White House to hand over any such tapes "if they exist".

"Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability, transparency and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the US system, no political figure is above being questioned", the statement read.

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For his part, Lee said Moon asked him to express his "gratitude" to Xi for his message of congratulations after the election. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In dispatched Lee to Beijing in the wake of his election victory last week.


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