Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'

However, amid mounting criticism of Comey's firing, the Post reports Spicer and two spokeswomen chose to defend the president's actions on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business.

This is only the second time in history that an FBI Director has been let go.

The White House has ruled out the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations of Russian interference in last year's general elections.

"We have a diversity of opinions about many things, but I can confidently tell you that the majority - the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As Spicer made his way toward the White House door, the swarm of reporters moved with him, shouting questions along the way: Why is the White House suddenly giving statements after pledging to not do so?

At any rate, Sanders had a tough time explaining why she had been mistaken in her original comments to the press, and why the president contradicted her comments to the press about Comey's firing.

Later, Ms Sanders said, "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer returned to the White House Press Room on Friday, though he decided not to clarify President Trump's latest, threatening remarks pertaining to the firing of James Comey. One example: Trump's tweet that he was being wiretapped by President Obama during the 2016 campaign has been debunked by everyone in a position to know.

He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".

This week has seen not only a near-constitutional crisis, but also a cataclysmic communications disaster after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating whether the president's associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

"The Fake Media is working overtime today!" he added.

Trump sent Comey a letter Tuesday firing him.

Asked if Mr Trump discussed Mr Comey with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he again stammered and struggled to give an answer.

On Thursday, however, Trump sat down for an interview with NBC's Lester Holt and claimed it was his idea to fire Comey.

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.

  • Sheila Mcguire