President Trump lashed out today in a series of tweets morning amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, defending the shifting narrative and timeline his administration has offered for the decision, the Associated Press reports. He questioned whether his administration should cancel future press briefings and replace them with written responses to questions, “for the sake of accuracy.” The president’s advisers said Trump fired Comey in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Later, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.
The president 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!” The decision to fire Comey amid an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between the Russian government and members of Trump’s 2016 campaign has raised concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency. On Capitol Hill, Andrew McCabe, who had been the No. 2 FBI official until Trump fired Comey, said the bureau considered the probe of possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump team during the 2016 election campaign a “highly significant investigation” and that it would not be derailed because of a change in leadership.