U.S. President Donald Trump went on a Twitter frenzy Friday morning, threatening recently fired FBI director James Comey not to leak to information to the press, as well as reiterating the fact that there was no proof of collusion between his campaign and Russia.
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Trump warned that former FBI director Comey “better hope” that there are no “tapes” of their conversations.
In a Tweet, Trump wrote that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” It was unclear what tapes he was referencing.
Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, later saying that “he wasn’t doing a good job.”
Trump also reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign were “fabricated.”
The president tweeted early Friday that “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” He added, “The Fake Media is working overtime today!”
Trump also attempted to defend his administration's struggle to come up with a consistent timeline and rationale for the abrupt firing of Comey this week, first saying it was in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, only to later say Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.
Trump tweeted, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!”
"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future 'press briefings' and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
In a later Tweet, he referenced testimony by Obama's former intelligence chief, James Clapper, writing When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?
In the termination letter to Comey, Trump thanked him for telling the president “three times” that he personally is not under investigation for collusion with Russia during his 2016 campaign.