President Donald Trump Friday denied that he had asked former FBI Director James Comey for his loyalty over dinner in January but said that "I don't think it's inappropriate to ask".
"This is our job", Burr said.
That's why Trump's tweet gave pundits and historians fresh ammunition to continue drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon as they have in the days since Trump fired Comey, who as head of the FBI oversaw the investigation into potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
"Number two, I don't know how that got there because I didn't ask that question".
Gowdy released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday following news of Comey's firing, saying the former Federal Bureau of Investigation head "had a very hard job" and that he is both "thankful for [Comey's] service to our country and am hopeful our President will select an independent minded person to serve as the head of our nation's premier law enforcement agency".
"No, no, I didn't", Trump told Jeanine Pirro on Fox News, in an interview to be broadcast Saturday, when she asked whether he had sought Comey's pledge.
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The White House Correspondents Association objected to Trump's threat. Mr Comey said he would give "honesty". Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the U.S. top cop would stay in his role and continue his 10-year term.
"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 United States intelligence assessment that Russia tried to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump.
"It's always the president's decision", Spicer said. Capping a week in which Trump faced a slew of criticism for firing the man investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russia, Trump warned James Comey there could be retribution if he speaks to the press about their private conversations.
Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation". Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as unusual thoughts coming from his new boss.
"It was all him", Spicer said about Rosenstein. "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation, '" Trump recounted, repeating an assertion made when the White House announced Comey's firing Tuesday.