W.House refuses to rule out Trump Oval Office recordings

It's unlikely that Mr Comey will not eventually respond to Mr Trump's assertions, and the stage is set for further dramatic confrontation as the president has suggested he might have recorded their conversations.

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

"[James Comey] had a lot of pressure put on and he exonerated her", Trump said Friday in his interview with NBC Nightly News' Lester Holt.

Asked, then, if the president thinks "it's appropriate to threaten someone like Comey", Spicer said, "I don't think, that's - that's not a threat".

And Trump was reportedly incensed by Comey's refusal to defend his accusation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the presidential election.

"I had a dinner with him".

"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters in a brief visit to the press cabin of Air Force One as he departed for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, to deliver his first commencement address in office.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gave a similar account of his conversation with Trump to a local radio station.

"I said, if it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?"

"He tried to stay away from it", a former official, who worked closely with Comey and stays in touch with him, told NBC News. Comey had come under intense scrutiny for his role in the FBI's investigation into the email practices of Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the reopening of the investigation just days before the election.

Trump placed calls to nine members of Congress on Tuesday to alert them of his decision, according to the White House. And I said I'll consider and we'll see what happens. Did he record his dinner with Comey back in January?

In front of the TV cameras hours later, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn't comment on whether the president is recording conversations. "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau".

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated Wednesday that there was "no request" by Trump to have an internal review at the Justice Department.

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