>> I think I treated both investigations->> Was it how he handled the Clinton email investigation or because he lost the support of his colleagues? Was it Rosenstein's idea or was it Trump's? The White House has offered many explanations for why President Trump sacked Director Comey. But with an interview with NBC Thursday, the president admits his impatience with the Russia probe was forefront on his mind when he decided to send Comey packing.
And whereas initially the administration said Comey was let go based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump admitting he wanted to fire Comey anyway, why? Trump telling NBC that Comey was a showboat and a grandstander. But the New York Times is reporting that at a private dinner at the White House in January, Trump demanded a pledge of loyalty from the FBI director who refused.
The White House denied this account. Responding to this wave of supposed inaccuracies and contradictions, the president on Friday tweeting that quote, as a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy. Then floating the idea that they cancel future White House briefings.
As the fury over Comey's shocking dismissal shows no signs of abating, the White House proposing the president may visit FBI headquarters this weekend to boost morale. But MSNBC reports that the trip is now off after agency officials told the White House Trump would not be greeted warmly. Owning to the fact that he unceremoniously fired their boss without a clear reason why, and without having a ready replacement to put forth.
One thing that certainly won't boost morale at the FBI, this Tweet from the President Friday, saying quote, James Comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.