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8 things that actually happened after Donald Trump fired James Comey
May 25 2017, 08:51 | Perry Erickson
They've distanced the decision from the FBI probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign, only to later suggest Comey's firing would aid the investigation. After reading the memo, Trump "decided he was right and it's probably time to move on", McCarthy said.
The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice.
White House Correspondent Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, has already seized on the tweet and asked that Trump give Congress any recordings of conversations with Comey. "The President has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said during his daily press briefing on Friday.
And he dismissed questions on whether Trump was threatening Comey.
Trump's veiled Friday morning threat to Comey - coming amid an active investigation into the Trump's campaigns connections with Russia - might constitute witness intimidation, according to Norm Eisen, former chief ethics counsel for President Obama.
The president said he came to the decision to oust Comey on Tuesday after thinking about how "this Russian Federation thing.is a made up story".
The White House barred reporters from witnessing the meeting between Mr Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, but granted access to Russian state media.
Trump said an agreement struck with China will allow the U.S.to sell its beef and other major products to that country once again.
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.
Trump spent most of the week out of sight, a marked change from a typically jam-packed schedule that often includes multiple on-camera events per day. He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.
If Trump installed a recording system in the White House, it would be for the first time since Richard Nixon was in office - and we all know how that turned out.
Mr Spicer reportedly avoided the press huddle awaiting him by spending "several minutes hidden in the bushes".
The White House press briefings during the Trump era have become major events on cable news, but President Trump is now threatening to cancel them as his own spokespeople struggle to keep up with his narrative for firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The president also is apparently angry with the news media for covering the fact that he contradicted claims by his own White House about the rationale and timing of the Comey firing.
At the beginning, Trump's aides said Comey's firing came at the suggestion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, but by Wednesday the word was that Trump had been considering firing Comey for a long time, and made the final determination after hearing from Sessions and Rosenstein.