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During his interview with host Jeanine Pirro, Trump denied a New York Times report that he attempted early in his presidency to extract a loyalty pledge from recently fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

Critics saw the taunt as a threat to Comey to keep his mouth shut about what was discussed.

The explanations for Comey’s firing from the Trump White House have shifted repeatedly since the move was announced late Tuesday afternoon, undermining the credibility of Pence as well as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

Clint Watts, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, said on MSNBC that Trump’s tweet threatening to leak conversations with Comey is causing government officials to say they can’t trust the President’s judgment.

The official reason for Mr Comey’s dismissal stems back to improper conduct when investigating Hillary Clinton’s private emails, which were released just a few days before the presidential election last November.

“I think the process is going to go quickly”, he said, adding that the candidates under consideration were mostly well known.

Daily White House press briefings have existed in some shape or form for more than 100 years, after first being introduced during the Woodrow Wilson administration.

“First of all”, he added, “we [have] got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don’t mysteriously disappear”.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, slammed the president after Friday’s tweets, telling MSNBC that the president is “dangerous because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed”. The justices unanimously ruled that the president could not claim “executive privilege” against a subpoena seeking audiotapes made in the Oval Office.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump regularly recorded his conversations as a businessman.

Trump sometimes informed reporters who were interviewing him by phone that he was recording their conversation. If Republicans “start to lose a couple, or two or three look like they’re not on board, that could create more pressure on the majority leader and the president to perhaps do something other than what they were planning on doing”. Again, it’s an independent, fact-finding agency and it stands for fidelity, bravery and integrity, integrity being what we’re talking about here.

Asked about his colleague Cornyn, Graham said, “It’s now time to pick someone who comes from within the ranks or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on day one”.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

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