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Trump tweets warning to Comey about 'leaking to the press'

US President Donald Trump believes he moves too quickly for press briefings to remain accurate KEVIN LAMARQUE REUTERS US President Donald Trump believes he moves too quickly for press briefings to remain accurate
Eleena Tovar | 15 May, 2017, 19:56

Thirty-eight percent of Americans hold a positive view of the president, while 52 percent have a negative opinion - again mostly unchanged from last month's 39 percent positive/50 percent negative score. He said Spicer is a nice man "but he gets beat up". "It's all about the goal with which it's done".

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) did not receive a heads-up call from Trump, but pulled the president aside to ask about Comey during a visit to the White House on Wednesday to discuss tax reform.

"The Republicans are still behind the president", Dickerson said.

CNN reported Friday that Rosenstein had said that no special counsel was needed. The president, a devoted viewer of coverage about himself, has given several interviews, most recently to NBC News' Lester Holt on Thursday, although he has favoured Fox News' friendlier venue.

Trump said in an interview with NBC News Thursday that Comey told him once at dinner and twice over the telephone that he wasn't under investigation.

Multiple congressional committees also are investigating Russia's interference in the election and possible Trump campaign collusion.

Let's just cut to the chase. "I'm only talking as a candidate, I'm not saying as president", Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt, beginning to recount a July 2016 press conference in which Comey announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not recommend charges against Clinton in the case. Seven hours later, after Comey's dismissal, Podesta tweeted at Trump to criticize him for his "massacre".

In an interview, Sen. "The exchange that took place with Comey, whichever version you believe, raises very, very serious questions about attempts to pressure an FBI director investigating wrongdoing potentially implicating the president".

In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterised as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice".

That decision in Comey's case, however, becomes legally problematic if it is done with the intent of circumventing an investigation.

LISA DESJARDINS: But just one day earlier, Wednesday, Vice President Pence told reporters the issues were a lack of confidence and recommendations from the Justice Department. He studies democracy and political theory at Harvard University.

When Pirro began questioning Trump about the Russian collusion rumors, the president was quick to label it "fake news".

FILE - President Richard M. Nixon points to transcripts of White House tapes, April 29, 1974.

Throughout Trump's many controversies, his safety net has always been the Republican-controlled Congress, which forecloses any talk of impeachment or censure.

As part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department last month requested former Trump campaign chairperson Paul Manafort's banking records, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Asked if he thinks that the controversy could be leading to impeachment proceedings, Blumenthal said: "Prejudging the results of any inquiry now is premature". That's important to me. He said, instead of a daily briefing, there should only be a briefing once every two weeks, and that he should give it.

Many Republicans are eying the 2018 midterm elections, which will put control of the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate up for grabs.

In the end, public perceptions may matter more than the letter of the law in determining if and how Trump weathers the most severe storm to hit his turbulent young presidency.