Lastly, though it remains a brewing question, the swirling doubt cast by Trump's weird behavior is leading to more talk of impeachment by the day. "Number two, I don't know how it got out there [in the news media] because I didn't ask that question".
And while Republican leaders in Congress continue to receive condemnation from constituents over their laissez faire attitude towards the controversy over the Trump-Comey affair, Democrats are agitating for more hearings on the matter, increasing their demand (also backed by the USA public) for a special prosecutor to initiate an independent probe, and making moves to compell the White House to preserve or hand over any relevant evidence, including any recordings that might exist.
He tweeted on Friday: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
In yet another jaw-dropping exchange with Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon, the White House said they would have "nothing further to add" regarding the possible existence of tapes mentioned by the president in the tweet. And on top of all the petty indignities, every time Spicer finishes putting out one political brushfire, Trump's back on Twitter playing with matches again.
What is clear is that Trump broached the protection of taped conversations in the context of his firing of Comey.
That explanation would nearly immediately be contradicted by news reports and later the president himself. Trump wrote in tweet Friday morning.
Just days before the presidential election, Comey announces the FBI is reopening its investigation into Clinton's email on the back of evidence found on Weiner's laptop.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the White House initially used as Trump's rationale for firing Comey.
Trump confidants say Mr Bannon has been marginalised on major decisions, including Mr Comey's firing, after clashing with Jared Kushner.
LISA DESJARDINS: At different times, the White House pointed to three different reasons for the Comey firing.
He also said that he was thinking about the "Russia thing" when he made the decision. Trump himself acknowledged that problem in his interview with Jeanine Pirro yesterday, although he seems to think it's the comms team's fault for not keeping up with him.
Oh, I was gonna fire [James Comey] regardless of recommendation.
First, Press Secretary Spicer speaking off-camera minutes after the Comey firing told reporters it was a DOJ decision made by no one at the White House.
Wednesday, Vice President Pence pointed seven times to the Justice Department recommendation.
FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question.
"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is risky".
He spoke while sitting next to Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's former national security adviser, which made for a freaky optic given that some comparisons were already being made to the Watergate scandal.
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!", the president tweeted.
SEAN SPICER: This is always going to be the president's decision, to hire someone, to fire someone. "And that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation". In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security says it believes that "based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities".
In his NBC interview the United States president also described a January dinner with James Comey at which he was told he was not under investigation. The White House denies the story. He said, instead of a daily briefing, there should only be a briefing once every two weeks, and that he should give it.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And we don't know yet whether that's going to take place.
"If there is a taping system, you wouldn't want to disclose it this way", the official said. Friends of Mr. Comey's say that that was actually not the case from his point of view.
His own credibility is now at risk, and there are signs that the deputy attorney general is not entirely happy with how the White House has described his role in the affair. But Kelly also came under fire for his use of aggressive police tactics, including a program that spied on Muslims and a dramatic spike in the use of stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately affected non-white New Yorkers.
JUDY WOODRUFF: A lot to keep track of.
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