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26 June 2017, 06:23 | Doyle Barker

"I hope she doesn't step down", he said.

While White House officials have said the firing was due to concerns about Comey's actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump told an interviewer the Russian Federation investigation was one of his concerns in taking the action. "So you never know what's out there, but I didn't tape". My story was always a straight story, my story was always the truth, but you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed.

Trump allegedly asked Comey for his loyalty and for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop investigating former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, as part of an ongoing probe into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, according to Comey's testimony to Congress early this month. The subcommittee is examining what USA intelligence agencies say was a Russian campaign of influence was meant to boost Donald Trump's chances of winning the 2016 presidential election.

Trump denied there has been any attempt to obstruct the investigation.

But if Trump's tweet ensured that Comey told the truth about Trump not being under investigation, why wouldn't it also have ensured that he told the truth about the loyalty pledge and Trump's desire to end the Flynn probe?

Trump has talked privately with advisers and friends about the possibility of firing Mueller, something the president would have to do by ordering his Justice Department to remove him.

That initial Twitter missive triggered a series of consequences. He told Fox News on Friday (US time) his plan to keep Mr Comey in line "wasn't very stupid".

That testimony reportedly caught the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigations following Mr Comey's firing.

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Fox News reporter Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump if his tweet about possibly recording Comey without his knowledge "was a smart way to make sure [Comey] stayed honest" during his congressional testimony. Spicer noted that Comey "had been honest and told the president on three separate occasions that he wasn't under investigation".

Trump advocate Newt Gingrich urged the president to "rethink" Mr Mueller's position, saying: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Asked if the president had been trying to intimidate Mr Comey, Mr Spicer said: "No, quite the opposite".

"The people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters".

The potential existence of recordings of Trump and Comey's conversations took on increasing importance as the pair offered contradicting claims about the nature of their discussions.

In Friday's Fox News interview, Trump also suggested - in confusing language - that a third party, possibly another arm of the government, could have recorded the conversations without his or Comey's knowledge. More than a half-dozen aides said they were unaware of any recording devices. Trump conceded on Thursday that he doesn't have any such recordings.

Warner says: "It's remarkable the president was so flippant to make his original tweet and then frankly stonewall the media and the country for weeks". "I don't know how this serves the country's interests".

Top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff raises speculations over Trump's false allegations and information over the tapes. "There are multiple obstruction crimes under our law, and one of them is intimidating a witness". The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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