Spicer declines to answer whether Pres. Trump records Oval Office conversations

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Trump then went on to suggest scrapping the traditional White House briefings that have existed in some form since the Woodrow Wilson administration nearly a century ago. "When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

"This is our job", Burr said. Indeed, during the campaign, Trump praised Comey for his announcement about Hillary's emails that darkened her chances for winning the election, and Trump said that Comey "showed guts" for having made his statement.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.

It was during a one-on-one dinner between Trump and Comey that Trump says he asked Comey if he could confirm he wasn't under investigation, which Comey did.

Trump and Comey's relationship was strained early on, in part because of the president's explosive and unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account of discussions that included the FBI's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration with the Russians.

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Finally, in his interview on NBC News with anchor Lester Holt, Trump contradicted his entire team's talking points of the previous two days, and told Holt that Comey was a "showboat" and a "grandstander", that he "was going to fire him" anyway, and that he had made his decision before reading the Rosenstein letter. Asking such a question "would come close to bribery... or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would've had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought", Tribe said. "It just matters that the president is brushing up against these lines", said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas at Austin national security law professor.

The White House said this is not correct. But Rosenstein did not recommend that Comey be fired, noting that although Trump had the power to do so, "the decision should not be taken lightly".

According to a Friday report by the Associated Press, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) are on the shortlist to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation". Mr Comey's associates said the new President requested the dinner he described.

"It was all him", Spicer said about Rosenstein.

But it's also where sources close to Comey said Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation director refused to do, instead promising only "honesty".

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