Clapper rebuts Trump: 'I don't know if there was collusion or not'

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pauses during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Thursday

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted, "When James Clapper himself, and virtually everybody else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump's actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations.

The saying was backed by White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders who said Wednesday that Trump had met with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday to discuss Comey's role in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and asked them to submit a written recommendation.

Comey's allies also quickly made clear they would defend him against attacks from Trump, including disputing the president's assertion that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Anyone with even a remedial understanding of politics and public relations understands that Trump is bungling the White House reaction to the ongoing investigation, turning an already harrowing treason probe into a harrowing treason probe made far more toxic by an obvious coverup.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

He wrote that "all future" White House briefings with reporters could be scrapped and replaced with written responses to questions.

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The senators said the meeting had been scheduled before Comey's ouster to discuss "deconfliction" - keeping the FBI's and committee's investigations of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government from stepping on each other's toes.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized, " said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally. White-collar defense attorney Alice Fisher interviewed for about 90 minutes with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal. They can make recommendations, but the president will ultimately make the hiring decision.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 3.

No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account. But anyone, regardless of politics, who has observed Trump's reactions to the deepening Russian Federation story can plainly see that the 45th president is way out of his depth.

In a Congress hearing earlier Thursday, FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe confirmed that the FBI had not felt any interference and promised to inform Congress should it happen.

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