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President Trump tweets warning to fired FBI director Comey

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is warning that former FBI Director James Comey "better hope" that there are no "tapes" of their conversations.

Trump tweeted Friday, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" 

 Now the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is asking the president to hand over to Congress any recordings that might exist of his conversations with Comey. But California Rep. Adam Schiff says if recordings exist, it would be because President Donald Trump made them.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, later saying that "he wasn't doing a good job."  Comey has not commented since he was fired. 

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.

Trump said in an NBC News interview Thursday that Comey told him once over dinner and twice by telephone that he isn't under investigation.  The Twitter warning about tapes raised eyebrows on social media about whether there might be tapes. 

President Trump is contradicting previous White House explanations for the firing of Comey as FBI director.  Trump says in the interview with NBC News that he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of the recommendations of top Justice Department officials.

Initially the White House cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision.

On Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file.

President Trump's Twitter rant on Friday morning also took aim at what he called "fake news."   He says his busy schedule makes it "not possible" for his staff to speak at the podium with "perfect accuracy."

Trump defended the struggle by his administration to come up with a consistent timeline and rationale for the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey this week. 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!"

He added, "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 president's advisers said Trump fired Comey in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, then said Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.

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