Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Likely on FBI Comey Replacement

Donald Trump warned ousted FBI Director James Comey on Friday not to talk to the media, a highly unusual move that prompted fresh charges the president is trying to silence the man who led an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason said daily press briefings and press conferences "provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the USA government".

"Even that is possible", Trump said, speaking on Air Force One before departing for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he delivered a commencement address. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

In a sudden move late Tuesday night, Trump fired Comey, who had six more years left in his term.

On Friday, Trump tweeted what many viewed as a threat to Comey, claiming he would release "tapes" if the ousted director started flapping his gums to the media.

"Let's say I did it on January 20, the opening, right, and that would have been the big story as opposed to the inauguration", Trump said.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mr Comey said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty.

Not that it wasn't obvious already, but President Trump has now confirmed that the White House's original explanation for why FBI Director James B. Comey was sacked was false - a cover story.

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In an interview with Fox News Friday, Trump declined to comment on whether he has listening devices in the White House.

After facing off against the Washington press corps for four rocky months, President Trump is revisiting the idea of limiting media access to his White House.

"Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt last week. "I think it's a good idea", Trump said.

Among those also expected were acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and GOP Sen.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well-known, high-respected, really talented people", Trump said.

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the justice department's criminal division.

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