Federal Bureau of Investigation hopefuls parade into DOJ for weekend interviews

On Saturday, Trump told reporters he could name Comey's replacement within a week. But Spicer and his team have kept up regular briefings.

The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice.

Three other people are expected to interview on Saturday afternoon. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kusher, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard.

The White House had no immediate comment.

After Trump tweeted in March that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap on his phones in Trump Tower, three ex-employees told The Associated Press that as a businessman, Trump not only anxious about possible listening devices in his phones and office but had also occasionally taped his own phone conversations.

Trump then wrote a letter to Comey, saying he was acting on their recommendation.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said.

Rosenstein has not responded publicly to the president's shifting claims about his role in Comey's firing.

Spicer said Trump's "robust schedule" means that "sometimes we don't get an opportunity to get in to see him and get his full thinking".

Trump's popularity didn't seem to take a significant hit from the Comey investigation - it dropped one point from last month's NBC/WSJ survey to 39% support.

More than a lack of momentum on major policy goals, Trump is said to be seething over the flood of leaks pouring out of the White House and into news reports.

He has viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Mr Bannon and Mr Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.

"Unless I have them every two weeks and do it myself, we won't have them", Trump said in an interview with Fox.

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a USA facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015.

As in Friday's briefing, Spicer refused to commit when asked if the White House would keep the daily briefing. The associates denied that Comey told Trump he was not a target of the investigation, which would have been a clear violation of FBI and Justice Department protocol concerning ongoing investigations. It was a remarkable session for Trump admitted he did not fire Comey because of Rosenstein's letter (the new deputy attorney general had also threatened to resign if they falsely pinned Comey's firing on him, because the media had been pressing him as well), rather Trump said he had planned to fire Comey all along.

Trump would not directly answer questions about whether Spicer, who was absent due to Naval Reserve duty, will remain in his job. While I am always an active consumer of news, I don't spend most weeks talking with several dozen news reporters and television news producers as I did this week. Aides were also eager for Trump's first foreign trip, a high-stakes blitz through the Middle East and Europe. Not long ago, Democrats were demanding Comey's head, alleging that his public announcements had sabotaged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Blumenthal said he has "no direct knowledge" of whether the tapes exist.

There can be nothing less by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Congress or by those who report the resulting news.

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