>> I think he's a little dismayed. It's ultimately going to be his decision to hire someone, to fire someone.>> Is he out of control?>> That's frankly offensive.>> Does he think it's appropriate to threaten someone like Mr. Comey?>> I don't think, that's not a threat.
>> That's not what it looked like on Twitter. I'm Andy Sullivan Washington. Trump saying on Twitter that he may have recorded his talks with the man he fired earlier this week. A Nixon practice that ultimately helped bring him down during Watergate. Donald Trump warning ousted FBI director James Comey to keep quiet about their private conversations, prompting fresh charges that the president is trying to quash an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia.
The Whitehouse providing little clarity Friday.>> Does anyone in this Whitehouse have an audio recording of what unfolded during the January 27th dinner between the former FBI director and the President of the United States.>> I'm not aware of that.>> In a tweet you said that there might be tape recordings.
>> Well that I can't talk about. I won't talk about that. All I want is for Comey to be honest.>> The New York Times citing sources close to Comey reporting Trump demanded a loyalty pledge when the two met for the first time in January. Comey reportedly promising to be honest but going no further.
>> Is that true.>> No.>> Did that happen?>> That did not happen.>> No, I think the President wants loyalty to this country and to the rule of law.>> The White House will soon be interviewing 11 candidates to replace Comey as the head of the FBI.
Those under consideration include South Carolina representative Tray Gowdy, best known for his long running Benghazi investigation. And former New York City police chief, Ray Kelley. Whoever Trump picks, they'll be under the microscope. Will their loyalties lie primarily with the President, or will they display the sort of independence that proved to be Comey's undoing.