Trump Suggests He Might Drop Daily Press Briefings

He said there has been no interference so far.

Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey. "That's not a threat".

Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Comey fastidiously keeps evidence of potential wrongdoing to protect himself and the agency.

"There was no evidence that rose to that level, at that time, that found its way in to the intelligence community assessment, which we had pretty high confidence in", the former director of national intelligence said of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russians, referring also to the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia tried to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump.

Republican leaders in Congress remain opposed to giving up partisan-tainted investigations into Trump aides' possible collusion with Russian Federation.

After again insisting that the Trump-Russia story was just another Democratic Party fabrication and that his surrogates couldn't possibly speak with "perfect accuracy" because he's such an active president, he turned his attention to James Comey.

CNN also reports that Trump asked if Comey to pledge "honest loyalty".

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt that aired Thursday, Trump explained his rationale for Comey's ouster.

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The only in-person instance Trump described was a conversation at a "nice dinner" in which the president's status was discussed.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

He added, "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Spicer did not dispute Trump's suggestion that press briefings should be canceled, saying only, "I think he's a little dismayed" by the media coverage.

Trump fired Comey late Tuesday afternoon, a surprise move that set off a firestorm of controversy and criticism in Washington and beyond.

As President Trump lambasted in an interview the man he had fired two days ago, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director at a Senate hearing painted a very different picture of James Comey. But Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the Russian Federation investigation - which he dismissed as a "made-up story" - was also on his mind as he ousted the man overseeing the probe.

Trump's Twitter rant renewed questions about the utility of press briefings and whether reporters would be better served if they spent their afternoons doing something else. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".

Comey's firing was announced Tuesday in the form of a letter in which Trump wrote that the decision was based on recommendations he received from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I wasn't there, but I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Particularly eyebrow-raising was Trump's assertion that he had received three separate assurances from the FBI director that he is not now under investigation by the bureau.

White House Correspondents' Association President Jeff Mason said in an email that briefings and press conferences continue to "provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the US government".

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