President Donald Trump took to twitter Friday morning to issue a dire warning to former FBI Director James Comey about trying to influence media coverage of his firing.
“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the president tweeted.
Trump’s latest Twitter tirade also included attempts to address the conflicting statements that have been coming out of his administration, as well as shots at Democrats and the media. The president denounced the investigation into Russian collusion as a “witch hunt.”
As for the shifting version of events surrounding Comey’s ouster, the president argued that he is too busy for his staff to know all that is going on and suggested he could cancel press briefings altogether.
“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!,” the president tweeted. “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
The twitter storm comes a day after Trump gave an interview with NBC News in which his account of the firing of FBI Director James Comey differed from what his press staff had been telling reporters.
The president told Lester Holt on Thursday that he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of what top Justice Department officials had to say about the decision. That’s at odds with with the account given by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told reporters Trump fired Comey based on the report written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Comey’s temporary replacement, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, also contradicted statements from administration officials on Thursday, strongly disputing the White House story line that Comey’s firing came in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI’s rank-and-file.