Unfortunately for the press and the public it intends to serve, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer provided no clarity.
In times like these, with information overload and so much happening so quickly, it is more important than ever to take a moment to ponder whether we are reacting too superficially to events, rather than keeping things in perspective. But I think it's time to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation director before the country at large and explain what happened at that dinner. As Jackson Proskow reports, those statements contradict the official explanation from the White House.
The White House also shifted its stance on whether Mr Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked.
Initial contenders for the job, according to a person familiar with the matter, included Cornyn, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Justice Department official Alice Fisher, and Michael Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. She now works at a law firm.
At first Trump and his staff claimed he moved against Comey based on a Tuesday memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein condemning Comey's handling of the Clinton email probe.
Apparently stung by media scrutiny over shifting accounts of how and why Comey was sacked, Trump suggested he may call off daily media briefings at the White House.
President Donald Trump has offered additional insight into his thinking about former FBI Director James Comey.
Mr Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said in a letter to the White House Counsel Donald F McGahn after Mr Trump tweeted about tapes last morning.
"I have not asked him about the deputy", Spicer said during his news conference on Friday. There were the two Post reporters interviewing Trump about Trump Tower, whose order for two waters and a Coke was brought to them without anyone speaking to a person outside the room.
The president's Twitter storm yesterday also included threats to do away with popular White House press briefings, which cable networks have carried live since Trump rode into office.
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